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More than 19 thousand of viruses detected

Date: July 20, 2006

With the absence of widespread virus alerts, the first six months of 2006 has seemingly been a relatively quiet period, the Computer Crime Research Center reports.

Yet this apparent calm is the result of the drive of malware creators to infect computers silently, ensuring their malicious code can operate undetected for as long as possible.

An indication that they are still as busy as ever is the 19,367 new viruses detected over the last six months, only slightly less than for the same period in 2005.

Over the first half of 2006, Sdbot.ftp was the malware specimen most frequently detected. This is a script used by the Sdbot family of worms to download themselves onto computers via FTP.

Exploit/Metafile was in second place in the ranking. This malicious code is designed to exploit a critical vulnerability in the processing of images by Windows, which could allow a WMF file to be used to run code on a computer. Netsky.P, a worm first detected in 2004, was in third place.
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