Bulletin

The Bulletin is an indispensable source of reference for anyone concerned with the prevention, detection and removal of computer threats, including but not limited to malware and spam.

Between 1989 and 2014, VB published the monthly, subscriber-based Virus Bulletin magazine. The Bulletin is a continuation of that publication, but with more frequent releases - the Bulletin is available free of charge and requires no registration.

On a regular basis (at least once a month), the Bulletin provides:

  • Thought-provoking news and opinions from respected members of the security industry.
  • Detailed analyses of the latest threats.
  • Feature-length articles exploring new developments and techniques in the global threat landscape.
  • Updates on the latest global cybercrime strategies.
  • Comparative reviews featuring the unique VB100 and VBSpam award schemes.

Some of our recent articles:

On the beat

Over the years, investigations undertaken by the UK's Police Central eCrime Unit (PCeU) have led to the arrest of several individuals involved in computer crime and, as part of international operations involving security firms and foreign law enforcement agencies, the takedown of a number of botnets. Kevin Williams looks back at a number of successes of the PCeU, which he helped set up in 2008.

Throwback Thursday: Research and Other Hobbies (April 1996)

Professor Klaus Brunnstein was one of the biggest names in anti-virus research, a pioneer in the field whose career was never short of either controversy or success. In April 1996, VB spoke to the man himself about his background, his career, his views on the industry and his home life.

Throwback Thursday: Dichotomy: Double Trouble (December 1994)

The first 'multicellular' virus, Dichotomy, had ‘odd’ and ‘even’ components. When a file infected with the ‘odd’ component was executed, the virus looked for a file infected with ‘even’ code, installing itself into memory only if that part was found. Eugene Kaspersky - who believed this was only an experimental virus, which could never become prevalent in the wild - provided a full analysis.

Throwback Thursday: RMNS - The Perfect Couple (May 1995)

RMNS was the second known ‘multicellular’ virus. Its code was divided into two parts (‘male’ and ‘female’). The two parts of RMNS installed themselves into memory independently of each other, but infection could only take place if both sections of the code were resident in memory at the same time and on the same computer. Eugene Kaspersky brought us the details of this ‘electronic creature’, which at the time, he believed would begin the era of viruses of a specific sex.

Throwback Thursday: When Love came to Town (June 2000)

On 4 May 2000, VBS/LoveLetter.A, also known as LovLet, ILOVEYOU and Love Bug, wreaked havoc across the globe and pushed the anti-virus industry to new limits. Nick FitzGerald has a full analysis of the virus that crippled businesses worldwide and caused strife for AV researchers.

Throwback Thursday: Denial of (Anti-Virus) Service (June 2000)

On 4 May 2000, VBS/LoveLetter.A, also known as LovLet, ILOVEYOU and Love Bug, wreaked havoc across the globe and pushed the anti-virus industry to new limits. Joe Wells reflects on the day the industry failed to protect many of those who depended on it.


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