Virus Bulletin - October 2006

Editor: Helen Martin

Technical Consultant: John Hawes

Technical Editor: Morton Swimmer

Consulting Editor: Ian Whalley, Nick FitzGerald, Richard Ford, Edward Wilding



DDoS: the rise from obscurity

'The cost of a DDoS attack can be substantial – they can last hours, weeks and even months, and are capable of bringing unprotected organizations to a grinding halt.' Danny McPherson, Arbor Networks.

Danny McPherson - Arbor Networks, UK


News round-up

September's goings on in the AV industry.

Malware prevalence report

August 2006

The Virus Bulletin prevalence table is compiled monthly from virus reports received by Virus Bulletin; both directly, and from other companies who pass on their statistics.


Chamber of horrors

W32/Chamb is the first virus to infect compiled HTML (CHM) files parasitically. Peter Ferrie has the details.

Peter Ferrie - Symantec Security Response, USA


AV Testing SANS virus creation

David Harley writes to the director of research at the SANS Institute to express his concerns about Consumer Reports' AV testing methodology.

David Harley - Independent researcher, author and consultant, UK


Scanning embedded objects in Word XML files

Christoph Alme looks at the embedding of arbitrary objects into Word 2003 XML files and shows why finding them and passing them onto the virus scanner is not such a 'walk in the park' as one might expect.

Christoph Alme - Secure Computing Corporation, Germany

Comparative review

VB Comparative: Windows 2000 Server - October 2006

John Hawes serves up another VB comparative - this month, he puts 26 AV products through their paces on Windows 2000 Server and finds 18 of them worthy of a VB 100%.

John Hawes - Virus Bulletin

Spam Bulletin

Spam Bulletin - October 2006

Anti-spam news; AISK - a different approach (feature)


Latest articles:

A review of the evolution of Andromeda over the years before we say goodbye

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VB2012 paper: Malware taking a bit(coin) more than we bargained for

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VB2017 paper: VirusTotal tips, tricks and myths

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The threat and security product landscape in 2017

VB Editor Martijn Grooten looks at the state of the threat and security product landscape in 2017.

VB2017 paper: Nine circles of Cerber

The Cerber ransomware was mentioned for the first time in March 2016 on some Russian underground forums, on which it was offered for rent in an affiliate program. Since then, it has been spread massively via exploit kits, infecting more and more…