Mimail to become 4th worst malware over weekend

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London, UK - 21 November 2003, 15:30 GMT - The Mimail virus's .J and .I variants continue to spread and are likely to propel the malware family to become the 4th most damaging of all time over the coming weekend. By Monday 23rd November, damage caused by Mimail, which targets Windows users only, is on course to be exceeded only by the Sobig, Klez and Yaha malware. The present incumbent, Swen, will be displaced by Mimail either on Saturday night or Sunday morning at the present infection rate according to the mi2g Intelligence Unit. The global economic damage from the Mimail malware family has now crossed $9 billion worldwide in terms of productivity losses as well as business interruption estimates.

The worldwide economic damage for the top five malware of all time to date is as follows: 1. Sobig = $36.1 billion; 2. Klez = $18.9 billion; 3. Yaha = $11.1 billion; 4. Swen = $9.15 billion; and 5. Mimail = $9 billion.

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