arpy writes "iTnews reports that according to Trend Micro (makers of PC-cillin), there was a record-breaking level of virus alerts in the first quarter of 2004. In Q1 2003, Trend issued 35 virus warnings. During the same period this year, it issued 232. According to the company's annual virus round-up and forecast (PDF), the number of alerts was pretty much steady for 2001-2003. Particularly noteworthy is that so many of the viruses are variants, not original. Trend's April 2 Weekly Virus Report reveals that of the "Top 10 most prevalent global malware", the top five are all variations of Worm_NETSKY. This would seem to confirm Virus creators are sharing more code."