February Sets Virus Record

Kaspersky Labs' Top Twenty list of vulnerabilities reveals e-mail viruses were never more plentiful.

February was a busy month, according to antivirus vendor Kaspersky Labs. The company's Top Twenty list of vulnerabilities proved that last month was "the most active month in computer virology for the past several years. There has never been such a large number of email worms active at the same time."

The company notes that January's leader, Mydoom.a, remained in the top spot, despite the worm's end of life on February 12. The company notes that even though propagation shopped, the virus retained its leading position due to the huge number of copies mailed before February 12 as well as the large number of infected machines with incorrect dates.

New on the February list were six new viruses that the company says will "undoubtedly play a key role in March." It's unusual for there to be so many newcomers.

The full list can be viewed at http://www.kaspersky.com/news.html?id=145990735.

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James E. Powell is the former editorial director of Enterprise Strategies (esj.com).