VB2015 'Steganoprague' competition

Use your steganography-detection skills and win a pile of books.

As VB2015 is about to begin, we announce the second part of the 'Steganoprague' competition. In this part, you will have to find URLs hidden by others inside an image provided by us.

The puzzle can be played by anyone, but if you are attending VB2015, you can win seven books on computer security. The winner will be the person who finds the greatest number of URLs or, if people find an equal number of URLs, the person who does so in the shortest time.


Throwback Thursday: The First International Virus Bulletin Conference

This Throwback Thursday, we turn the clock back to October 1991 to take a look back at the first ever VB Conference: VB'91 in Jersey.

With VB2015, the 25th Virus Bulletin International Conference, just days away, we decided to take a look back at the first ever VB Conference: VB'91 in Jersey.

Next week, we expect somewhere in the region of 470 delegates from some 44 different countries to descend on the city of Prague for the 25th Virus Bulletin Conference. Back in 1991, it was a more modest 150 delegates and 20 speakers from four continents that descended on the Hotel de France in Jersey — modest, but a respectable turnout for the inaugural event.


Researchers seek ransomware samples for their generic solution

VB2015 presentation to include demonstration of technique against recent samples.

'The scary hack that's on the rise' is how Wired's Kim Zetter described ransomware in an overview article posted yesterday. Indeed, encrypting your files and demanding a ransom to decrypt them has become a very lucrative cybercriminal enterprise.

Of course, the best defence against ransomware is to make regular backups that are stored separately from the original device. But can security software perhaps play a role too and prevent ransomware from running in the first place?


Throwback Thursday: Virus Writer and Distributors 'Attributable Viruses'

This Throwback Thursday, we turn the clock back to July 1990, when VB looked at virus origins and some of the rare cases of attributable viruses.

This week saw the confession of a former teenage virus writer: the author of the Leprosy and Leprosy.B viruses, which afflicted computer users in the early 90s, confessed all on The Register, saying "I just wanted to prove to the scenesters that even an idiot who didn't really know how to program could write a virus."

The confession got us looking back through the VB archives where we stumbled across an article from 1990, written by none other than VB director, Dr. Jan Hruska, in which he noted that, while it is not easy to establish the origins of a computer virus, and it is rare that positive indicators as to authorship can be found by examining virus code, there are (or were, at the time) a number of notable exceptions to this.


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:

‘This is an excellent event - I would like to attend every year!’


This proved to be a good month for products taking part in the VBSpam test, with 14 VBSpam awards among the 15 participating solutions, and five of them achieving a VBSpam+ award. | Read more...


This month VB lab team put 14 business products and 30 consumer products to the test on Windows 8.1 Pro. The VB100 pass rate was decent, although not quite up to the perfect or near-perfect fields seen in a few recent tests. | Read more...

Date Event Location
Oct 05 - 07 BruCON Ghent, Belgium
Oct 14 - 15 SECURE 2015 Warsaw, Poland
Oct 16 - 18 Security B-Sides DC Washington, DC, USA
Oct 19 - 21 SecTor Toronto, ON, Canada
Oct 20 - 21 (ISC)2 Security Congress EMEA Munich, Germany
Oct 20 - 22 Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Oct 29 - 30 t2'15 infosec Helsinki, Finland
Nov 03 Nordic IT Security Stockholmsmässan, Sweden
Oct 05 - 07 VB2016 Denver, CO, USA


virusbtn:Have you seen the second phase of our steganography puzzle? #VB2015
Wed Sep 30 21:37:06

virusbtn:The first four #VB2015 slides have been uploaded to our website
Wed Sep 30 21:09:42

virusbtn:We added a #VB2015 talk on Virlock to the main programme and put the other 3 reserve papers in the Small Talk room
Mon Sep 28 21:47:06

virusbtn:You wouldn't hack a car. Or an insulin pump. Would you? @ClausHoumann talks about @iamthecavalry's work at #VB2015
Mon Sep 28 17:18:04

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