VB2015: some important information

Last-minute papers, steganography competition and foosball tournament.

We're just a little over a month away from the beginning of VB2015, the 25th Virus Bulletin International Conference. If you haven't already registered, why not do so now?

Whether you have already registered or are thinking of doing so, there are some important things that are worth knowing about the event.


Throwback Thursday: Safe Hex in the 21st Century

This Throwback Thursday, we turn the clock back to July 2000, when we were already being warned that virus scanners were no longer enough.

How many times have we heard commentators claim that anti-virus is dead? After all, in the current threat landscape, who would use a system that relies solely on signatures of previously seen malware? In fact, AV moved well beyond signatures — even heuristic signatures — a long time ago.

Fifteen years ago, many of the technologies that complement signature scanning today had yet to be implemented, but even back then, industry members were cautioning against over-reliance on virus scanners.


Paper: Not a GAMe maKER

Raul Alvarez performs low-level analysis of information-stealing trojan.

The Gamker information-stealing trojan (also known as Shiz) has been around for a few years. It made the news back in 2013 when it was found to target SAP applications.

Today, we publish an article by Fortinet researcher Raul Alvarez who performed a low-level analysis of the trojan, in which he focused on its code injection and API-hooking routines.


VB2015 preview: advanced persistent threats

Several conference papers to deal with targeted attacks.

There was a time when analyses of malware and viruses at the Virus Bulletin conference used the number of infections as a measure of the harm done. And while there are still many talks on what is now referred to as 'opportunistic malware', targeted attacks, or APTs, have become a prominent feature of recent conference programmes. VB2015 is no exception.

Those who think that cyber-espionage attacks are the domain of the global superpowers should attend the talk by Check Point researchers Yaniv Balmas, Shahar Tal and Ron Davidson. They will present a paper analysing a custom-made trojan called 'Explosive', which was used by the Volatile Cedar campaign (which we blogged about in April). This campaign has been traced to an actor operating out of Lebanon.


VB Conference

VB2015 Prague, 30 Sept - 2 Oct 2015: Covering the global threat landscape The VB conference is a major highlight of the security calendar, with many of its regular attendees citing it as the IT security event of the year. The 25th Virus Bulletin International Conference (VB2015) takes place 30 September to 2 October 2015 at the Clarion Congress Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic.

Previous VB conference delegates said:

‘VB2014 is very friendly. Much more inclusive than Defcon/BlackHat. I wish I had started attending earlier.’


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Date Event Location
Sept 09 - 11 44CON London London, UK
Sept 23 - 27 DerbyCon Louisville, KY, USA
Sept 30 - Oct 2 VB2015 Prague, Czech Republic
Oct 05 - 07 BruCON Ghent, Belgium
Oct 16 - 18 Security B-Sides DC Washington, DC, USA
Oct 19 - 21 SecTor Toronto, ON, Canada
Oct 20 - 22 Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Oct 29 - 30 t2'15 infosec Helsinki, Finland
Oct 05 - 07 VB2016 Denver, CO, USA


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