Throwback Thursday: Computer Viruses: Electronically Transmitted Disease?

This Throwback Thursday, we turn the clock back to March 2003, when VB reported on a piece of research investigating the psychological toll inflicted by computer viruses.

One could argue that there is more to be feared from the malware infections of today than those of yesteryear — after all, today's malware may lead to identity theft, serious financial loss, loss of intellectual property and more. But 14 years ago virus infections were already causing anxiety, frustration and anger among those affected, and in 2003, VB reported on a piece of research investigating the psychological toll inflicted by computer viruses.


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.


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:

‘I would like to thank you for hosting such an educational, informative, and entertaining conference.’


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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


virusbtn:We have opened up DMs on this account to everyone. If email isn't your thing or if you want a quick answer, feel free to use that.
Thu Sep 03 15:48:59

virusbtn:Please note that the #VB2015 conference hotel is almost fully booked. Prague has many other hotels though. Details:
Thu Sep 03 15:18:48

virusbtn:Keep Calm and Patch Your Fridge. Guest post from VB Editor @martijn_grooten for Tripwire's State of Security blog
Thu Sep 03 12:26:17

virusbtn:Lots of great submissions already, but you can still submit a last-minute paper for #VB2015. Closes tonight #CFP
Thu Sep 03 10:05:16

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