Security firms warn of smarter viruses

The first reports into September's security threats indicate that virus writers are getting smarter, using smaller malware that performs a specific task rather than trying to cause mass virus outbreaks.

According to the monthly virus chart from security firm Sophos the most common infection in September was Netsky P, a worm first identified 19 months ago.

Mytob variants accounted for over half of all virus infections, taking eight of the top 10 positions.

"Smaller, targeted attacks are on the increase with the emergence of a new breed of financially-motivated online criminal," said Carole Theriault, senior security consultant at Sophos. Security firms warn of smarter viruses -

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