Virus writers boost output in 2003

Tuesday, 1 July 2003, 12:53 PM EST

Virus writing over the first six months of this year has increased sharply.

Anti-virus firm Sophos has detected 3,855 new viruses in the first six months of 2003, up 17.5 per cent on the same period last year.

Since January 2003, the single most prevalent virus was the Bugbear-B worm, accounting for almost 12 per cent of reports to Sophos. The worm tops the chart even though it was first seen just a few weeks ago, in early June. Its older sibling, Bugbear-A, generated a further 2.5 per cent of enquiries.

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