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Mail.com Announces Top Ten Virus List for October; Break-In at Microsoft Highlights Dangers of Virus-Related Netspionage.

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 7, 2000

Mail.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAIL), a leading global provider of outsourced messaging services to enterprises, carriers, ISP's and Web sites, announced today its top ten list of viruses for the month of October. Topping the list was "I Love You" (VBS/LoveLetter.worm), which accounted for over fifty percent of virus traffic intercepted by Mail.com's MailWatch(R) service.

The Top Ten Viruses for October are:

1. VBS/LoveLetter.worm
2. VBS/LoveLetter@MM
3. W32/MTX@MM
4. W32/Plage.worm.gen
5. IRC/Stages.worm
6. W97M/Marker.gen
7. W32/MTX@M
8. W97M/Ethan.a
9. W97M/Class
10. W97M/Thus.gen


Also in October, there were reports that the QAZ Worm virus (W32.HLLW.Qaz.A) may have been used in an act of Netspionage to infiltrate Microsoft's corporate network. Often spread via Internet Relay Chat, worms do not infect individual files on a user's computer. Instead, they enter a corporate network and set in motion a specific chain of events, such as sending passwords via e-mail to a malicious programmer. For anti-virus software to be successful in blocking a worm, it must have been updated with the exact virus definition.

"Netspionage threats, from the QAZ worm and others like it, represent a tremendous, but unpublicized threat to the business enterprise," said Brad Schrader, president of Mail.com. "It only takes one employee, with a laptop running outdated virus software, to accidentally let a worm like this into the corporate network. Clearly when the stakes are so high, it is time relieve employees as guardians of the corporate gates, and implement a network-level solution that's updated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After all, a crashed network or corrupt hard drive can be replaced. But precious trade secrets and years of hard work can never be recovered."

Mail.com's MailWatch(R) e-mail firewall service blocks malicious e-mail borne viruses from corporate networks. Constantly updated, it operates transparently to the user, eliminating the need for desktop anti-virus software and manual updates. The service can also prevent oversized file attachments, unsolicited bulk mail or Spam, and offensive content from reaching the network where they negatively impact both network and employee performance.

About Mail.Com

Mail.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAIL) is a leading global provider of outsourced messaging services to enterprises, carriers, ISPs and Web sites. The Company's solution set includes hosted Microsoft Exchange, Novell GroupWise and Web/POP3-based e-mail and collaboration services; hosted e-mail firewall services such as virus scanning, Spam blocking and content filtering; and a full range of Web-based, desktop and production Internet Fax solutions. Mail.com has IP network facilities in 20 key countries and currently serves more than 20.4 million seats and over 10,000 corporate customers worldwide.

This news release may contain statements of a forward-looking nature relating to the future events or the future financial results of Mail.com. Investors are cautioned that such statements are only predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. In evaluating such statements, investors should specifically consider the various factors which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated from such forward-looking statements, including the matters set forth in Mail.com's reports and documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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