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Sasser Tops May 2004 Viruses

Posted: 02nd Jun, 2004 By: MarkJ
Anti-Virus firm Central Command has once again released its list of the top 12 most prolific online viruses for the past month of May 2004. Nobody will be surprised to find that Sasser topped the chart:

Central Command Releases Its Dirty Dozen - Top 12 - Computer Viruses For May 2004

Central Command, a leading provider of PC anti-virus software and computer security services today released its monthly listing of the top twelve viruses reported for May, 2004. 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
May 2004, number one being the most frequent.

Ranking. Virus Name Percentage

1. Worm/Sasser 49.1%
2. Worm/Netsky.P 16.1%
3. Worm/Netsky.Z 5.4%
4. Worm/Netsky.D.Dam 5.1%
5. Worm/Netsky.Q 3.7%
6. Worm/Netsky.C 2.8%
7. Worm/Netsky.B 2.0%
8. Worm/Bagle.AA 1.5%
9. Worm/Netsky.A 1.1%
10. Worm/Bagle.Z 0.7%
11. Worm/MyDoom.F 0.4%
12. Worm/Sober.G 0.3%
Others 11.8%

"The pesky Netsky worm family once again occupied a vast majority of the positions in May. However, the largest virus epidemic for the month was Worm/Sasser," said Steven Sundermeier, Vice President of Products and Services at Central Command, Inc. "Discovered on April 30th, Sasser quickly raged havoc across the Internet and crippled thousands of Windows systems worldwide. Many spooked Windows 2000 and XP users found their computers continually rebooting for no apparent reason, a common sign of a Sasser infection." Sasser spread by exploiting a known Windows LSASS (Local Security Authority Subsystem Service) vulnerability.

Vexira Antivirus has been updated for 1623 different viruses, worms and other malicious applications during the month of May 2004.
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