Cybersecurity awareness for the next generation (comment); Twinkle, twinkle little star (malware analysis); Behavioural analysis of Flash files (tutorial); Calling all speakers: VB2010 Vancouver (call for papers); Hotmail, Yahoo!, Gmail users hacked, but how? (feature); VB100 on Windows 7 (comparative review)
'Ignorance of the risks of cybercrime is what poses the greatest threat to the new generation of Internet citizens.' Jeff Debrosse, ESET.
Yuletide greetings to all.
Job offer for iPhone worm author; Apple doesn't see need for security apps.
VB congtratulates the winner of a hat trick of blogging awards.
Malware prevalence report
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.
Peter Ferrie likens W32/Satevis to a viral version of a mix tape - a virus that is essentially made up of a collection of routines taken from other viruses.
We have seen a notable escalation in web-based attacks over the past few years, especially with regard to malicious Flash files - which are capable of redirection, execution of embedded malicious code and exploitation via vulnerabilities. Here, Ken Dunham provides an overview of the behavioural analysis of Flash files.
Call for papers
VB is seeking submissions from those wishing to present papers at VB2010 - the 20th Virus Bulletin International Conference in Vancouver.
In October, thousands of usernames and passwords belonging to Hotmail users were posted publicly online, and anyone could have taken them, logged into the accounts and done something with them. Gmail and Yahoo! were also targeted. Terry Zink asks: how did the hacker(s) gain access to all of these accounts and usernames? Should we be afraid that someone will guess our passwords? Why did they do it? What did they do with it? And should we worry about it happening to us?
With a double whammy of a brand new platform and a record-breaking haul of 43 products to test, the VB test team had their work cut out this month. John Hawes has all the details of how the products fared on the shiny new Windows 7 platform.
Must-attend events in the anti-malware industry - dates, locations and further details.