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



Darknet monitoring

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

Jose Nazario - Arbor Networks, USA


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.


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


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 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


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)


Latest articles:

Cryptojacking on the fly: TeamTNT using NVIDIA drivers to mine cryptocurrency

TeamTNT is known for attacking insecure and vulnerable Kubernetes deployments in order to infiltrate organizations’ dedicated environments and transform them into attack launchpads. In this article Aditya Sood presents a new module introduced by…

Collector-stealer: a Russian origin credential and information extractor

Collector-stealer, a piece of malware of Russian origin, is heavily used on the Internet to exfiltrate sensitive data from end-user systems and store it in its C&C panels. In this article, researchers Aditya K Sood and Rohit Chaturvedi present a 360…

Fighting Fire with Fire

In 1989, Joe Wells encountered his first virus: Jerusalem. He disassembled the virus, and from that moment onward, was intrigued by the properties of these small pieces of self-replicating code. Joe Wells was an expert on computer viruses, was partly…

Run your malicious VBA macros anywhere!

Kurt Natvig wanted to understand whether it’s possible to recompile VBA macros to another language, which could then easily be ‘run’ on any gateway, thus revealing a sample’s true nature in a safe manner. In this article he explains how he recompiled…

Dissecting the design and vulnerabilities in AZORult C&C panels

Aditya K Sood looks at the command-and-control (C&C) design of the AZORult malware, discussing his team's findings related to the C&C design and some security issues they identified during the research.

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