Top ten viruses reported to Sophos in January 2002

Sophos Press Release

This is the latest in a series of monthly charts counting down the ten most frequently occurring viruses as compiled by Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection.

For January 2002, the chart is as follows, with the most frequently occurring virus at number one:

Position Last
month
Malware Percentage of reports
11W32/Badtrans-B
   61.1%
2NewW32/MyParty-A
   4.3%
33W32/Magistr-B
   3.6%
44W32/Sircam-A
   2.9%
57=W32/Nimda-A
   2.3%
6NewW32/Maldal-G
   1.6%
75W32/Magistr-A
   1.4%
8=Re-entryW32/Gokar-A
   1.3%
8=NewW32/Klez-E
   1.3%
107=W32/Nimda-D
   1.0%
Others19.2%
"Badtrans started 2002 as it finished 2001 - top of the virus chart," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos Anti-Virus. "Anti-virus software has protected against Badtrans since November and simple safe computing procedures, like blocking double-extension attachments, should have meant this worm was a non-starter. It's time computer users took a close look at their security measures."

792 new viruses were discovered and protected against by Sophos Anti-Virus during January 2002.

The total number of viruses Sophos now detects and protects against is 71,830.

More information about Badtrans</>.

More information about safe computing.

Graphics of the above Top Ten chart are available here.

Compiled by Sophos's technical support team, the top ten chart is collated from calls to Sophos's 24 hour, 365 days a year technical support line.

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K., and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOPH.” More information is available at www.sophos.com/company.