Competing authors pump up virus statistics

Thursday, 1 April 2004, 1:03 PM EST

NetSky variants accounted for 60 percent of all viruses reported in March, making it the most prolific worm in the month, according to a report released on Wednesday by security software vendor Sophos.

Fifteen versions of NetSky infected computers during March -- sometimes two different variants appearing in a single day. And on Wednesday, yet another NetSky variant was discovered, NetSky.R, the second variant to appear this week. Antivirus experts attribute the frequency of the NetSky and Bagle viruses to competition between the virus writers.

By Dawn Kawamoto at ZDNet.

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