Computer viruses are one of the biggest headaches for UK companies today and the problem is only going to get worse.
According to computer virus expert Dr Jan Hruska, technical director at antivirus company Sophos, increasing pressure to connect to the Internet and exchange information rapidly decreases companies? control over what is exchanged. This raises the potential for malicious code to penetrate even the best protected environments.
He commented: ?The virus writing underworld seems determined to cause as much trouble as they can and are using the Internet to its maximum potential to help them spread the work while not exposing themselves to any dangers of being caught.?
He added: ?Antivirus companies are finding it more and more difficult to keep up the research effort and in the last year some have consolidated or even abandoned their efforts.?
Hruska said the CIH virus, discovered earlier this year, is a clear sign that virus writers have reached new and more dangerous dimensions as this was the first virus to damage computer hardware.
?The CIH sourcecode is widely available on the Net, so it is only a matter of time before similar destructive routines appear in other viruses, Hruska said.
He also warned of a trend towards incorporating increasingly powerful application macro languages into software. ?The software manufacturers reason that supplying the macro capability makes applications more flexible, customisable and easy to use - this is true. Unfortunately it also makes them less virus proof.?
According to Sophos, the number one virus last month was the Excel/Laroux macro virus with 22.8 per cent of reports.
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