CA warns against complex threats

Computer Associates has unveiled its top ten viruses for 2001 while warning end users in the Middle East that they will see increasingly complex threats in the coming twelve months.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  December 31, 2001

Computer Associates has unveiled its top ten viruses for 2001 while warning end users in the Middle East that they will see increasingly complex threats in the coming twelve months.

Top of the pops was Win32.Badtrans.B, followed by the rather more snappily titled Sircam and Magistr. 90% of 2001’s top threats used email as their primary means of propagation.

“Virus authors today are capable of creating increasingly sophisticated and destructive methods of attack, which means that users in the Middle East – as well as anti-virus vendors in the region – must also increase the level of their awareness of such attacks and think constructively about their defensive strategies,” says Abdul Karim Riyaz, marketing manager with Computer Associates Middle East.

“One thing is certain – regional habits and practices must change, or there will be increased devastation in the coming year,” he adds.

Riyaz and the CA team say that, considering the trends and data reflected in their ongoing research, users will have to take further steps to protect themselves from increasingly sophisticated strains of viruses and other intrusions that are capable of doing more damage and propagating in more diverse ways.

As a result, they believe that users should take several basic precautions, including the instillation of personal protection software, the continued updating of antivirus software, using email cautiously and employing a large amount of common sense.

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