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Throwback Thursday: 'In the Beginning was the Word...'

Word and Excel’s internal file formats used to be something in which few were interested – but the appearance of macro viruses in the mid 90s changed all that, as Andrew Krukov explains.

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Throwback Thursday: Hash Woes

In 2004, the entire crypto community was abuzz with the news that a group of Chinese researchers had demonstrated flaws in a whole set of hash functions - VB took a closer look to clarify the situation and draw lessons from the incident.

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VB2015 paper: Mobile Banking Fraud via SMS in North America: Who’s Doing it and How

Nearly every day, cybercriminals are using scams over mobile messaging to execute several types of money-stealing mobile attacks on North American banks. This paper will use real-world data obtained from various mobile operators showing cybercriminal…

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Throwback Thursday: Viruses on the Internet

In August 1996, Sarah Gordon explored attitudes to virus distribution facilitated by the Internet, predicting that our increased reliance on the Internet for communication, and the retrieval of information from untrusted systems, would bring more…

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VB2015 paper: VolatilityBot: Malicious Code Extraction Made by and for Security Researchers

VolatilityBot is a new automation tool for researchers which cuts all the guesswork and manual tasks out of the binary extraction phase of malware analysis. Not only does it automatically extract the executable (exe), but it also fetches all new…

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VB2015 paper: Will Android Trojans, Worms or Rootkits Survive in SEAndroid and Containerization?

William Lee (Sophos)
Rowland Yu (Sophos)

Android 5.0 is trying to set itself up as a safe corporate mobile operating system by touting SEAndroid and containerization. The enforcement of SEAndroid and containerization has been changing the way OEMs and security vendors respond to security…

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Throwback Thursday: The Thin Blue Line

In 1994, UK Fraud Squad detectives started making inroads into the most puzzling 'Whodunnit' since the Great Train Robbery. Had an outbreak of computer crime swept Britain? No, it was all part of a police training program.

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VB2015 paper: Effectively testing APT defences: defining threats, addressing objections to testing, and suggesting some practical approaches

Simon PG Edwards (Dennis Technology Labs)
Richard Ford (Florida Institute of Technology)
Gabor Szappanos (Sophos)

As targeted attacks gain more attention, and protection developers pay more attention to the implementation of new defensive technologies, the need arises for the testing of product efficacy with respect to this new kind of threat. However, compared…

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Throwback Thursday: Peter-II - Three Questions of The Sphinx (July 1993)

How much does a user really need to know in order to defend his computer from computer viruses? In 1993, the latest news from the anti-viral battle-front was that if the user wanted to defend the contents of his computer from viral attack, he should…

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VB2015 paper: The ethics and perils of APT research: an unexpected transition into intelligence brokerage

Juan Andrés Guerrero-Saade (Kaspersky Lab)

Information security researchers are increasingly finding themselves involved in investigating state-sponsored or geopolitically significant threats. In his VB2015 paper, Juan Andrés Guerrero-Saade looks at the perils and ethical conundrums involved…

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