Virus writing on the increase

Thursday, 29 July 2004, 2:53 PM EST

A report published by Sophos which reveals that the number of new viruses being written is increasing. In total, Sophos has detected and protected against 4 677 new viruses in the first six months of 2004, up 21% on the same period last year.

The Sasser worm accounted for more than a quarter of all viruses reported to Sophos so far this year, even though the worm only first appeared in May.

Sasser claimed the top spot of the virus chart, in spite of the raging battle between the widespread Netsky and Bagle worms, which has wreaked havoc across the Internet from mid-February. This war produced six of the most damaging viruses of the year so far, with Netsky-P proving to be the most prevalent.

At IT Web.

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