News

Nimda, Sircam Hogged Sophos Helpdesk in 2001

Without waiting for the year to be over, corporate anti-virus vendor Sophos is out with its Top 10 virus chart for 2001. The most troublesome virus, as determined by reports to the Sophos' helpdesk, was Nimda.

"Nimda's anonymous author only unleashed his creation in September, yet it still represented more than a quarter of all reports to the Sophos helpdesk," Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos Anti-Virus, said in a statement. "Nimda was effective because it could infect computers using a variety of techniques. It is likely that we will see more multiple pronged attacks in the future."

The Sircam virus ran a close second to Nimda in total reports, and the two viruses accounted for more than 57 percent of all Sophos' helpdesk action in 2001.

Sophos notes that Code Red, the most hyped virus of the year, did not appear in its Top 10.

The firm reports that it has detected 11,160 new viruses, worms and Trojan horses this year, bringing its protected total to almost 70,000.

Sophos 2001 Virus Chart

  • 1. Nimda (27.2 percent)
  • 2. Sircam (20.3 percent)
  • 3. Magistr (12.0 percent)
  • 4. Hybris (6.2 percent)
  • 5. Apology (3.8 percent)
  • 6. Homepage (3.6 percent)
  • 7. Kakworm (3.1 percent)
  • 8. Kournikova (2.0 percent)
  • 9. Badtrans (1.8 percent)
  • 10. Navidad (1.8 percent)
  • Others: 18.2 percent

  • About the Author

    Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

    Featured

    • Microsoft Resumes Rerelease of Windows 10 Version 1809

      Microsoft on Wednesday once more resumed its general rollout of the Windows 10 version 1809 upgrade, also known as the "October 2018 Update."

    • Microsoft Ups Its Windows 10 App Compatibility Assurances

      Microsoft gave assurances this week that organizations adopting Windows 10 likely won't face application compatibility issues.

    • SharePoint Online Users To Get 'Modern' UI Push in April

      Microsoft plans to alter some of the tenant-level blocking capabilities that may have been set up by organizations and deliver its so-called "modern" user interface (UI) to Lists and Libraries for SharePoint Online users, starting in April.

    • How To Use PowerShell Splatting

      Despite its weird name, splatting can be a really handy technique if you create a lot of PowerShell scripts.

    comments powered by Disqus
    Most   Popular

    Office 365 Watch

    Sign up for our newsletter.

    Terms and Privacy Policy consent

    I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.