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AVG Names 2007 Top 10, '08 Forecasts

BRNO, Czech Republic -- Security experts at AVG, developer of the AVG family of security software products, today publish their analysis of 2007's top viruses, Internet hacks and exploits, and reveal their forecast for the top security threats facing computer users in 2008.

According to the team, viruses made up some 15 percent of the threat landscape in 2007, consistent with the company's predictions at the end of 2006; phishing scams, backdoor worms, trojans, keyloggers, spyware, adware and other web-based exploits comprised the majority of threats.

Top Ten Viruses for 2007
According to AVG global security strategist Larry Bridwell, the 10 viruses exhibiting the most staying power in 2007 are:

  1. W32/Detnat
  2. W32/Netsky
  3. W32/Mytob
  4. W32/Bagle
  5. W32/MyWife
  6. W32/Virut
  7. W32/Zafi
  8. W32/MyDoom
  9. W32/Lovegate
  10. W32/Bagz

"The anti-virus industry has been in a transition period the past two to three years as malware has morphed from simple viruses to complex malicious website hacks that combine exploits and social engineering to scam unsuspecting users of their data," said Bridwell. "As 2008 ushers in new security issues and challenges, Internet users need to boost their anti-malware defenses with safe surfing tools like AVG LinkScanner that detect and stop web exploits in real time."

AVG Technologies CZ s.r.o.