Security Vendor Issues Dec. Vulnerabilities List

By David Morgenstern  |  Posted 2004-01-01 Print this article Print

Central Command on Thursday released its so-called Dirty Dozen list of top twelve viruses for December, 2003.

Central Command Inc. on Thursday released its so-called Dirty Dozen list of top twelve viruses for December, 2003. The report is based on virus incidents confirmed through the Medina, Ohio-based companys Emergency Virus Response Team. According to the company, the Gibe.C worm, with its HTML e-mail message that impersonated a Microsoft Web site, retained the top spot for December, a position that Klez.E held five times during the year. "The relentless stream of Klez infections throughout 2003 was quite phenomenal," said Steven Sundermeier, vice president of products and services in a statement. "Being the only virus to be listed in every Dirty Dozen this year, never once slipping below the fifth position, Klez displayed incredible longevity. Each month, we were assured of three things: death, taxes and a healthy dosage of Klez infected computers."
•eWEEK.coms Security Center Editor Larry Selzer offers his security highlights and mostly lowlights of 2003. To read more, click here.
Here is Central Commands December Dirty Dozen ranking with the percentage of occurrences:
  1. Gibe.C—21.4 percent
  2. Klez.E—14.7 percent
  3. MiMail.I—12.8 percent
  4. MiMail.J—5.9 percent
  5. BugBear.B—5.2 percent
  6. MiMail.K—5.1 percent
  7. MiMail.A—3.7 percent
  8. Sober.C—1.9 percent
  9. Nachi—1.6 percent
  10. MiMail.C—1.6 percent
  11. Hawawi.G—1.2 percent
  12. Dumaru.A—1.1 percent
  13. Others—23.8 percent
David Morgenstern is Executive Editor/Special Projects of eWEEK. Previously, he served as the news editor of Ziff Davis Internet and editor for Ziff Davis' Storage Supersite.

In 'the days,' he was an award-winning editor with the heralded MacWEEK newsweekly as well as eMediaweekly, a trade publication for managers of professional digital content creation.

David has also worked on the vendor side of the industry, including companies offering professional displays and color-calibration technology, and Internet video.

He can be reached here.


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