Top Viruses for February 2002

By SmallBusinessComputing Staff | Posted March 06, 2002
Wayne N. Kawamoto
Managing Editor, www.smallbusinesscomputing.com

Central Command, a provider of PC anti-virus software and computer security services, released its monthly listing of the top twelve viruses reported for February, 2002. The report, coined the "Dirty Dozen," is based on the number of virus occurrences confirmed through Central Command's Emergency Virus Response Team.

Central Command, a provider of PC anti-virus software and computer security services, released its monthly listing of the top twelve viruses reported for February, 2002. The report, coined the "Dirty Dozen," is based on the number of virus occurrences confirmed through Central Command's Emergency Virus Response Team

The table below represents the most prevalent viruses for February 2002, number one being the most frequent.

Ranking Virus Name Percentage

1. Worm/W32.Sircam (27.9%)
2. Worm/BadTrans.B (23.0%)
3. W32/Nimda (12.6%)
4. W32/Klez.E (7.2%)
5. W32/Magistr.B (7.1%)
6. Worm/Goner (4.3%)
7. W32/Funlove (2.6%)
8. W32/Magistr.A (1.4%)
9. W32/Nimda.E (1.2%)
10. Hybris (1.0%)
11. W32/Gokar (1.0%)
12. W97M/Ethan.A (0.8%)
Others (9.9%)

W32/YAWsetup, an Internet worm masquerading as a Trojan Information Newsletter from a legitimate German security webpage was new for the month of February, 2002.

"It wasn't all teddy bears and chocolates this Valentine's Day, potential danger was just a click away", said Steven Sundermeier, product manager at Central Command, Inc. "Somebody Loves You" and "Are you my valentine?" were just a couple of deceitful subject lines used by the holiday worms Worm/Valcard and Worm/GuessGame on February 14th.

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