For August 2002, the chart is as follows, with the most
frequently occurring virus at number one:
"Only two viruses in August's top ten are brand new entries.
Instead, the chart is full of old stalwarts such as Klez-H, Badtrans-B, Sircam and Nimda," said Graham
Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos Anti-Virus. "Klez-H
and its nasty bedfellow ElKern-C, have accounted
for almost a quarter of enquiries to Sophos's support centre this
month, even though protection has been available since February.
Users getting caught out by them appear not to have updated their
anti-virus software in six months. With hundreds of new viruses
appearing each month, this lax approach is just asking for a
The top ten hoaxes reported to Sophos during August 2002 are as