Papers published in October 2015


Editor: Martijn Grooten

Throwback Thursday: Memetic Mass Mailers: Time to Classify Hoaxes as Malware? (July 2002)

In July 2002, Andrew Lee explained why an effective hoax could be as damaging as a mass-mailed fast-burning virus, and questioned whether we should begin to classify hoaxes as malware.

Andrew Lee - Team Anti-Virus, UK

Throwback Thursday: The Real Virus Problem (December 1993)

Thanks mainly to the marketing efforts of the anti-virus industry around the world, in 1993 the true extent of the computer virus problem has been efficiently concealed beneath a ragbag of pseudo-scientific projections, surveys, reports, forecasts and speculations. In December 1993, Jim Bates presented the findings of a survey of UK computer programmers, conducted without any input from the software vendors.

Jim Bates -

MWI-5: Operation HawkEye

Gabor Szappanos looks at a series of malware campaigns that used Office macros to download the commercial HawkEye keylogger.

Gabor Szappanos - Sophos, Hungary

Throwback Thursday: Misguided or malevolent? New trends in virus writing (February 2004)

Writing in February 2004, Stuart Taylor considers what he believes to be the start of a new trend in virus writing and wonders whether there is truly a criminal element entering virus writing.

Stuart Taylor - Sophos, UK

 

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