Lynnfield, MA - Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus
solutions, announced the latest in a series of monthly charts
counting down the ten most frequently occurring viruses and hoaxes
as compiled by the company.
For November 2002, the virus chart is as follows, with the most
frequently occurring virus at number one:
dominates the chart for the second month as it continues to
outsmart users with its dual mode of attack - this worm can spread
via email and network shares," said Chris Wraight, technology
consultant at Sophos, Inc. "It's important that all users ensure
they are protected against Bugbear because it implants code that
can log victims' keystrokes. This means hackers have a perfect view
of everything you type - this could include passwords, bank account
details and credit card numbers."
Also making a big impact this month was the new Braid worm. This is an
email aware worm with an attachment. However, if the recipient's
system is left unpatched against a Microsoft vulnerability, the
virus can run automatically, as soon as the offending email is
opened. Alongside keeping anti-virus protection up-to-date, Sophos
reminds users to patch against all known vulnerabilities and be
suspicious of all unsolicited emails.
The FunLove worm
and Spaces virus
make chart comebacks even though protection against these threats
was issued back in 1999.
Sophos detected 817 new viruses, worms and Trojan horses in
November, the total number it now protects against is 78,381.
The top ten hoaxes reported to Sophos during November 2002 are