Virus Bulletin - May 2006

Editor: Helen Martin

Technical Consultant: Matt Ham

Technical Editor: Morton Swimmer

Consulting Editor: Ian Whalley, Nick FitzGerald, Richard Ford, Edward Wilding



Don't bring a knife to a gunfight (comment); Regional threats (feature); Malware Penetration Index: a new virus metric (technical feature); A different look at the rootkit installation process (technical feature); eTrust Internet Security Suite (product review)


Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight

'The industry needs to look at what can be done to increase its defences, and provide innovative solutions.' Joshua Corman, Internet Security Systems.

Joshua Corman - Internet Security Systems, USA


VB2006 conference programme revealed

Check out the VB2006 conference programme, complete with abstracts for every paper.

Security survey and checklist

Attempt to gain better understanding of the costs of computer security incidents.

Malware prevalence report

March 2006

The Virus Bulletin prevalence table is compiled monthly from virus reports received by Virus Bulletin; both directly, and from other companies who pass on their statistics.


Regional threats

Kaoru Hayashi examines the increase in attacks that are targeted at specific geographic regions or languages.

Kaoru Hayashi - Symantec Security Response, Japan

Technical features

Malware Penetration Index: a new virus metric

Oren Drori and Nicky Pappo introduce their new model for calculating malware penetration probability during an outbreak.

Oren Drori - Commtouch Software, Israel & Nicky Pappo - Commtouch Software, Israel

A Different look at the rootkit installation process

Aleksander Czarnowski takes a look at one of the largely undocumented aspects of penetration testing: rootkit installation for profiling system security at local level.

Aleksander Czarnowski - AVET Information and Network Security, Poland

Product review

eTrust Internet Security Suite

Matt Ham puts eTrust's ISS package through its paces.

Matt Ham - Virus Bulletin, UK

Spam Bulletin

Spam Bulletin - May 2006

This month's anti-spam news and Tomer Honen explains why being mugged at gunpoint could cost you less than being the target of the next multi-stage phishing attack.