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: Safe Hex in the 21st Century: Part 2 (July 2000)

Even in July 2000, Martin Overton feared that if we didn't break out of the ‘virus-scanner-is-king’ mindset, we would be doomed to keep repeating the same mistakes forever. He put forward some suggestions for dealing with the then-current malware problems.

Not a GAMe maKER

Gamker is an information-stealing trojan which uses simple decryption, then drops a copy of itself using a random filename and injects itself into a different process. Raul Alvarez looks into its code injection routine and at the twists in its API-hooking routine.

Throwback Thursday: The Virus Analyst Headache (April 1999)

Eugene Kaspersky describes the headache facing the virus analyst of 1999.

VBSpam comparative review summary July 2015

In this short version of the July 2015 VBSpam report, Martijn Grooten provides a summary of the results of the 38th VBSpam test as well as some information on ‘the state of spam’.

Life after the apocalypse for the Middle Eastern NJRat campaign

Nearly a year after the Microsoft takedown of Vitalwerks’ dynamic DNS service No-IP, the NJRat malware campaign has re-spawned and has started making its way back to No-IP’s DDNS domains. This time, however, the malware authors are more cautious and they are finding several new ways to escape anti-virus detection. Abhishek Bhuyan and Ankit Anubhav take a close look at the Middle Eastern NJRat campaign.

Throwback Thursday: IT Security Breaches: The 1994 NCC Survey (November 1994)

Shortly after the publication of the 1994 NCC survey on breaches of IT security, Chris Hook asked: what is the nature of the real virus problem, and how much does it cost?


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