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Report: Bugbear, Sobig top viruses so far in 2003

The Bugbear and Sobig viruses top a list of the most frequently occurring viruses of 2003, according to a report put out by antivirus company Sophos. A total of 3,855 new viruses were introduced in the first half of this year, according to Sophos, an increase of 17.5 percent over the same time last year. The growth of the Internet, coupled with the wider availability of virus-writing tools, is driving this increase, according to Sophos Senior Security Analyst Chris Belthoff. Many of the virus authors appear to be operating in countries that do not have antivirus laws on the books, he added. More than half of the viruses that Sophos tracked in 2003 appear to have emerged from Eastern Europe or the Pacific Rim, Belthoff said. “These people are probably of a mindset that they’re untouchable under the law,” he said. Full Story

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