It's official: 2004 is year of the virus

Tuesday, 3 August 2004, 10:41 AM EST

It is officially the year of the virus, with a 21 percent increase in new viruses discovered in Australia in the first six months of 2004 compared to the last year.

Nearly 4700 completely new viruses were discovered in the wild in 2004.

However, all is not lost - Australians have quickly adopted myriad antivirus techniques and remained online, profitable and more importantly, patched.

The Sasser worm was chiefly responsible for most of the attention and accounted for more than 25 percent of all viruses reported to Sophos this year, despite the fact the worm only appeared three months ago.

By Michael Crawford at PC World.

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