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:

Throwback Thursday: The Update on Updates (June 1997)

VB's technical editor Jakub Kaminski considers the issue of anti-virus updates, writing 'With the number of viruses still growing (in the case of macro viruses, at an exorbitant speed), giving users access to daily updates is becoming a necessity for those who want to stay in business.'

Throwback Thursday: The Updating Game (June 2004)

'While Sophos issued 226 security patches for a single anti-virus program in 2002, Microsoft issued only 72 updates that same year for all of its products combined. Where will it all end?' Rob Rosenberger considers the ever increasing number and frequency of anti-virus updates.

Throwback Thursday: KAOS4: A Sexually Transmitted Virus? (September 1994)

The KAOS4 virus gained notoriety through its posting to the Internet newsgroup alt.binaries.pictures.erotica. Although, as a result of this method of distribution, KAOS4 became widespread, it was actually a relatively simple, non-resident COM and EXE file infector, designed to avoid detection by heuristic scanners.

Throwback Thursday: KAOS on the Superhighway? (September 1994)

In the wake of KAOS4 having been released on the Internet, VB reviews some of the risks associated with Internet access.

Using .NET GUIDs to help hunt for malware

During a long-term investigation, Brian Wallace discovered two forensic artefacts - both GUIDs - which can be used to determine whether multiple malware samples are from the same Visual Studio project, effectively identifying the family, and to identify samples that are the result of the same build, allowing for the identification of post-compilation modifications made by tools such as builders. Here, he describes his discoveries and how these new artefacts can help malware hunters around the world.


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