Posted by Helen Martin on May 11, 2017
This week sees the 11th International CARO Workshop taking place in Krakow, Poland – a prestigious annual meeting of anti-malware and security experts which, this year, is themed "Going Back to the Root".
When CARO (the Computer Antivirus Research Organization) was formed on 10 December 1990, there were fewer than ten members. Membership increased slowly over the years but remained modest – to many, it seemed an elitist organization, with new members either being invited or having to apply and pass a strict voting process.
While beer-drinking and eating at Chinese restaurants around the world were listed as some of the group's favoured activities, there was serious stuff too, the organization's main areas of activity falling into one of five categories: virus naming, virus descriptions, the CARO WildList, exchange of viruses (or virus information), and the CARO mailing list.
As a founding member of CARO, Fridrik Skulason was well placed, in August 1994, to shed some light on the organization, to explain in detail CARO's main activities and functions, as well as the reasons behind its strict membership regulations.