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Virus Top Ten: Bugbear top of the pops

by Nikola Strahija on November 29th, 2002 Bugbear has claimed a second month at the top of the virus charts. Bugbear accounted for almost 30 per cent of all reports of malware to Sophos in the last month - well ahead of former top spot incumbent Klez which now only accounts for around eight per cent of all reports in third place.


Also making headlines, straight in at number two, is the Braid worm with 8.5 per cent of all reports.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said: "Bugbear dominates the chart for the second month as it continues to out-fox users with its dual mode of attack. This worm can spread via email and network shares.

"It's important that all users ensure they are protected against Bugbear because it implants code that can log victims' keystrokes. This means hackers have a perfect view of everything you type - this could include passwords, bank account details and credit card numbers."

The Top 10 in full (figures represent total percentage of all virus reports attributable to each virus):

1. W32/Bugbear-A (Bugbear worm) 29.4 per cent
2. W32/Braid-A (Braid worm) 8.5 per cent
3. W32/Klez-H (Klez variant) 7.7 per cent
4. W32/Opaserv-A (Opaserv worm) 5.4 per cent
5. W32/Opaserv-C (Opaserv variant) 5.1 per cent
6. W32/Flcss (FunLove worm) 4.6 per cent
7. W95/Spaces (Spaces virus) 3.3 per cent
8. W32/Opaserv-F (Opaserv variant) 2.5 per cent
9. W32/Opaserv-B (Opaserv variant) 2.1 per cent
10.W32/Opaserv-D (Opaserv variant) 2.0 per cent

For related news, see:
Virus top 10: Bugbear's bugging users
www.silicon.com/a56210
Kournikova virus writer loses his appeal
www.silicon.com/a56163
Warning: E-card outfit conning users into spamming contacts
www.silicon.com/a56131
Bugbear puts Klez in the shade
www.silicon.com/a55852
Bugbear worm wants your credit card details
www.silicon.com/a55762
Bugbear - how it works, what you can do about it
www.silicon.com/a55761
Top ten tips for a virus-free life
www.silicon.com/a49186
Virus top 10: who's number one?
www.silicon.com/a55360

- article available at www.silicon.com -


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