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Malware up 59 per cent

by Nikola Strahija on July 1st, 2005 Malware authors have increased both the volume and sophistication of their attacks over the last six months.


In the first half of 2005 anti-virus firm Sophos detected and protected against 7,944 new viruses - up 59 per cent from the first six months of 2004. The number of keylogging Trojans has tripled in the first six months of 2005 compared to the first half of 2004.

More computer viruses and worms mean an unprotected Windows PC (without either firewall or antivirus protection) stands a 50 per cent chance of infection by a worm after just 12 minutes online.

The longstanding Zafi-D worm, which poses as a Christmas card greeting, made up more than a quarter of all viruses reported to Sophos so far this year. Second on the list was the long-running NetSky-P worm and the bilingual Sober-N worm, which poses as offers for free tickets to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, is in third place.


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