Viruses bite businesses hard

Wednesday, 30 April 2003, 12:45 PM EST

A survey reveals that the number of virus infections per thousand computers stayed almost static in 2002, but the disruption they caused soaked up more time and money than ever.

The report said this was because the latest viruses are more likely to delete data, clog networks and choke mail servers.

The damage they can do has led increasing numbers of companies to install software and hardware to help them beat off viruses and other malicious programs.

Computer viruses have become a fact of life for anyone using e-mail and the internet.

Figures published as part of the annual virus prevalence survey by the respected ICSA Labs shows that, last year, 105 machines out of every 1,000 had an encounter with a virus every month.

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