NetSky climbs to become 8th worst malware of all time
as new variant arrives; MyDoom evolves destructive payload variant
as global damage continues to rise

news alert

London, UK - 26 February 2004, 12:30 GMT - mi2g Intelligence Unit data shows that the number of NetSky variant infections is rising fast particularly across the UK, Netherlands, Germany, USA, China and Japan. NetSky.c emerged yesterday and is spreading faster than both the previous versions. Over 190 countries have now been infected. As a result, the total economic damage from the NetSky malware family, which infects computers running Windows only, has now reached 8th rank in "The Top 20" table of most damaging malware of all time maintained by mi2g since 1995. The most damaging malware ever that remains ahead of NetSky is now limited to MyDoom, SoBig, Klez, Mimail, Yaha, Swen and LoveBug in that order. NetSky has just overtaken Dumaru.


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