Virus Bulletin - March 2007


Editor: Helen Martin

Technical Consultant: John Hawes

Technical Editor: Morton Swimmer

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

2007-03-01


Comment

Darknet monitoring

'Monitoring darknet traffic yields great visibility into what threats are present.’ Jose Nazario, Arbor Networks.

Jose Nazario - Arbor Networks, USA

News

News round-up

February's goings on in the anti-malware industry.


Malware prevalence report

January 2007

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.


Analysis

Hidan and dangerous

The latest edition to the W32/Chiton family is a malicious plug-in for one of the most popular tools of the anti-malware trade: the IDA disassembler and debugger. Peter Ferrie provides the details.

Peter Ferrie - Symantec Security Response, USA

Features

Peerbot: catch me if you can

In early 2007, Trojan.Peacomm (a.k.a. the ‘Storm trojan’) demonstrated that legitimate P2P protocols can be used effectively to coordinate virus networks. Elia Florio and Mircea Ciubotariu explain how.

Elia Florio - Symantec Security Response, Ireland & Mircea Ciubotariu - Symantec Security Response, Ireland

Real-world testing of email anti-virus solutions

Testing security products can be a complex task - especially validating the effectiveness of technology against threats that evolve at an extremely rapid rate. Adam O'Donnell consdiers the current state of anti-virus testing.

Dr Adam O'Donnell - Cloudmark, Inc., USA

Letter

Letter to the editor: The strange case of Julie Amero

'As things currently stand, anyone who has pornographic images appearing on their screen as a result of malware on their PC, or being trapped in a continuous pop-up loop, is at risk of conviction if there are minors in the vicinity.' Alex Shipp, MessageLabs.

Alex Shipp - MessageLabs, UK

Product review

AEC TrustPort Workstation

John Hawes takes an indepth look at AEC's TrustPort Workstation.

John Hawes - Virus Bulletin, UK

Calendar

Anti-malware industry events

Must-attend events in the anti-malware industry - dates, locations and further details.


Spam Bulletin

Spam Bulletin - March 2007

Anti-spam news; A phish with a sting in the tail (feature); Enhancing the efficiency of learning-based spam filters (feature)


 

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