This Throwback Thursday, we turn the clock back to January 1994, shortly after Cyber Riot had emerged as the first virus capable of infecting the Windows kernel.
Today, malware that affects the Windows kernel is ubiquitous - the majority of sophisticated attacks against Windows users have at least one component executing in the operating system kernel. But in 1993, the Windows kernel remained untouched by malware - and indeed Windows viruses were somewhat cumbersome and technically quite simple. That was until Cyber Riot came along.
The operating system has been patched, but it is unclear whether users will receive those patches.
Researchers at mobile security firm Zimperium have discovered a remote code execution flaw in the Stagefright media library used on Android phones. The vulnerability allegedly means it could, for instance, take one MMS message for an attacker to run code on a targeted device. In some cases, if the device is old, this code could even be run with elevated system privileges.
This Throwback Thursday, we turn the clock back to 1993, when VB asked the key question: could a virus compromise safety at one of Britain's nuclear power plants?
2010 saw the discovery of Stuxnet, which targeted industrial control systems in general, with the specific target of a particular Iranian nuclear facility — but 2010 wasn't the first time VB had reported on a virus infection at a nuclear facility.
Ten speaking slots waiting to be filled with presentations on 'hot' security topics.
There's never a dull moment in the world of IT security. Whether you think the breach of spyware maker Hacking Team is the most important story of the past few months, that the breach at Ashley Madison was at least as embarrassing for those affected, or you feel that the fact that anti-virus companies were found to be targeted by a piece of sophisticated malware as well as by intelligence agencies directly is a more important story: it's been an interesting few months.
With all of this in the news, we are all the more glad that, just as in previous years, we have set aside a portion of the VB2015 conference programme for 'last-minute papers': presentations dealing with up-to-the-minute specialist topics, with the emphasis on current and emerging ('hot') topics.