SirCam continues to terrorise the Web

According to anti-virus vendor, Sophos, the SirCam virus continues to run amok in cyberspace.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  September 2, 2001

According to anti-virus vendor, Sophos, the SirCam virus continues to run amok in cyberspace. The rascally Internet worm, which spreads by e-mailing copies of itself to everyone in the infected PC's Windows address book, accounted for 48.9% of all reported incidents in during August.

"The SirCam worm has now topped the charts for two months. The Magistr worm, which has dominated the charts for half a year, is continuing to make its presence felt in second place," says Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus.

"Both worms play a similar trick — neither of the viruses use a standard filename or subject line so it is harder for users to know what to look out for. Careless clicking can lead to catastrophe — keep your anti-virus software up to date and do not open unsolicited attachments," he adds.

Sophos discovered a total of 1051 new viruses for August and now has gigantic 67221 in its files. For those users who like to keep a close eye on the top ten, some old favourites have re-entered the fray. Most noteworthy is the return of SadMind, which has dashed back to number three while Ethan and Haptime-A have drifted back to positions eight and ten respectively.

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