For most people, the biggest security threat is that of themselves doing something they shouldn't do.
Last week, Microsoft wrote about the return of macro malware where, now that macros have long been disabled by default, social engineering is used to trick the user into enabling them.
Although it was interesting to read Microsoft's perspective, this isn't news. Last year, we published a paper by Sophos researcher Gabor Szappanos on the resurgence of malicious VBA macros. Since then, macro malware has become even more prevalent; recently, it was used to download Bartalex, Dridex and Dyre onto victims' machines.
Clean sweep of passes in VB100 test on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
2015 will yet again not be the 'Year of the Linux Desktop', yet behind the scenes' Linux plays an important role in many organisations by running the servers on which files are stored centrally. Such servers could easily become centres of malware infection; hence a number of companies offer anti-malware solutions that aim to protect them.
In VB's annual VB100 test on Linux, John Hawes and his team tested six of these solutions — Avast, AVG, Bitdefender, eScan, ESET and Kaspersky — all of which achieved a VB100 award.
This Throwback Thursday, we bring you not one but two (related) pieces from the archives as VB heads back to 1996 to look at events surrounding the issuing of the UK's first custodial sentence for writing and distributing computer viruses.
Over the last couple of years, the 'Throwback Thursday' trend has taken the Internet by storm, with social media users indulging in a weekly wallow in nostalgia. The VB team decided it was high time we got in on the act, using the opportunity to take a regular delve into our archives.
Just because it won't be exploited, doesn't mean you shouldn't patch it.
There is a famous story about the rock band Van Halen whose lists of requirements when performing a show included some M&Ms — but "absolutely no brown ones".
The story is true and has little to do with childish rock star behaviour. The band's technical requirements were so complicated that they were worried the concert organisers wouldn't read them all. The M&Ms requirement, stuck in the middle of the long rider, provided the band with a quick check to verify whether it had actually been read in full detail.