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: Riotous Assembly (January 1994)

In 1994, Cyber Riot was the first virus to full advantage of the additional functionality provided by Windows. VB asked: what are the implications?

VB100 comparative review on Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

This month VB lab team put 14 business products and 30 consumer products to the test on Windows 8.1 Pro. The VB100 pass rate was decent, although not quite up to the perfect or near-perfect fields seen in a few recent tests. John Hawes has the details.

Throwback Thursday: Sizewell B: Fact or Fiction? (December 1993)

Was the outbreak of the Yankee virus at Nuclear Electric’s newest UK reactor site, Sizewell B, a real threat, or nothing more than media hype?

Throwback Thursday: What You Pay For... (September 1996)

As is well documented, the Internet offers many opportunities for viral spread. However, it also provides mechanisms for anti-virus spread – in 1996, VB took a brief look at the world of downloadable anti-virus software.

Dridex in the wild

Dridex is a descendent of the Cridex malware. Its initial spread occurred in late 2014 via spam and the malware is still active in the wild today. Meng Su describes its working mechanism and how it gathers information and communicates with the C&C server.

Throwback Thursday: Cabirn Fever (August 2004)

In June 2004 the first worm arrived that spreads from mobile phone to mobile phone: SymbOS/Cabir. Fortunately, due to the fact that the worm used a specific user-interface component, it was restricted to Series 60-based mobile phones. Peter Ferrie and Peter Ször have the details.


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