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VB2019 paper: A study of Machete cyber espionage operations in Latin America

At VB2019 in London a group of researchers from the Stratosphere Lab at the Czech Technical University in Prague presented a paper in which they analysed and dissected the cyber espionage activities of an APT group in Latin America through the analysis of…
A study of Machete cyber espionage operations in Latin America Read the paper (HTML) Download the paper (PDF)       Latin America has long been a hotbed for… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2019/12/vb2019-paper-study-machete-cyber-espionage-operations-latin-america/

VB2019 paper: The push from fiction for increased surveillance, and its impact on privacy

In a paper presented at VB2019 in London, researchers Miriam Cihodariu (Heimdal Security) and Andrei Bogdan Brad (Code4Romania) looked at how surveillance is represented in fiction and how these representations are shaping people's attitudes to surveillan…
    Levels of anxiety over technology and interconnectedness are growing. People are becoming increasingly concerned about privacy, and wary that every gadget or app… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2019/12/vb2019-paper-push-fiction-increased-surveillance-and-its-impact-privacy/

VB2019 paper: Oops! It happened again!

At VB2019 in London industry veterans Righard Zwienenberg and Eddy Willems took a detailed look at the relationship between past and current cyber threats. Today, we publish both their paper and the recording of their presentation.
    Oops! It happened again! Read the paper (HTML) Download the paper (PDF)   Different forms of malware and cyber threats are constantly making the news headlines,… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2019/12/vb2019-paper-oops-it-happened-again/

VB2019 paper: A vine climbing over the Great Firewall: a long-term attack against China

Today we publish a VB2019 paper from Lion Gu and Bowen Pan from the Qi An Xin Threat Intelligence Center in China in which they analysed an APT group dubbed 'Poison Vine', which targeted various government, military and research institutes in China.
A vine climbing over the Great Firewall: a long-term attack against China Read the paper (HTML) Download the paper (PDF)       The global nature of both the Virus… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2019/11/vb2019-paper-vine-climbing-over-great-firewall-long-term-attack-against-china/

VB2019 paper: Fantastic Information and Where to Find it: A guidebook to open-source OT reconnaissance

A VB2019 paper by FireEye researcher Daniel Kapellmann Zafra explained how open source intelligence (OSINT) can be used to learn crucial details of the inner workings of many a system. Today we publish Daniel's paper and the recording of his presentation.
Fantastic information and where to find it: a guidebook to open-source OT reconnaissance Read the paper (HTML) Download the paper (PDF)       Ever since Stuxnet was… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2019/11/vb2019-paper-fantastic-information-and-where-find-it-guidebook-open-source-ot-reconnaissance/

VB2019 paper: Domestic Kitten: an Iranian surveillance program

At VB2019 in London, Check Point researchers Aseel Kayal and Lotem Finkelstein presented a paper detailing an Iranian operation they named 'Domestic Kitten' that used Android apps for targeted surveillance. Today we publish their paper and the video of th…
Domestic Kitten: an Iranian surveillance program Read the paper (HTML) Download the paper (PDF)       In September last year, researchers at Check Point uncovered… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2019/11/vb2019-paper-d/

VB2019 paper: We need to talk - opening a discussion about ethics in infosec

Those working in the field of infosec are often faced with ethical dilemmas that are impossible to avoid. Today, we publish a VB2019 paper by Kaspersky researcher Ivan Kwiatkowski looking at ethics in infosec as well as the recording of Ivan's presentatio…
We need to talk – opening a discussion about ethics in infosec Read the paper (HTML) Download the paper (PDF)       If infosec was ever a subject with little… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2019/11/vb2019-paper-we-need-talk-opening-discussion-about-ethics-infosec/

VB2019 papers: Emotet and Ryuk

Today we publish VB2019 papers by Luca Nagy (Sophos) on Emotet and Gabriela Nicolao and Luciano Martins (Deloitte) on Ryuk, as well as the corresponding videos of their presentations.
Shinigami’s revenge: the long tail of the Ryuk malware Read the paper (HTML) Download the paper (PDF)   Exploring Emotet, an elaborate everyday enigma Read the paper… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2019/10/vb2019-papers-emotet-and-ryuk/

VB2019 paper: Geost botnet. The story of the discovery of a new Android banking trojan from an OpSec error

OpSec mistakes are what lead to many malware discoveries, and in the case of the Geost Android botnet the mistake was a really interesting one. Today we publish the VB2019 paper by Sebastian García, Maria Jose Erquiaga and Anna Shirokova on the Geost botn…
Geost botnet. The story of the discovery of a new Android banking trojan from an OpSec error Read the paper (HTML) Download the paper (PDF)       OpSec mistakes… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2019/10/vb2019-paper-geost-botnet-story-discovery-new-android-banking-trojan-opsec-error/

The VB2019 call for papers is about ... papers

When we are calling for papers for the Virus Bulletin conference as we are doing now, we really mean a written paper. But don't worry if you've never written a paper - we can help!
The Call for Papers for VB2019, the 29th Virus Bulletin Conference (London, 2-4 October) is open until Sunday 17 March. When we say "call for papers" we really put the emphasis… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2019/03/vb2019-call-papers-about-papers/

Throwback Thursday: Giving the EICAR test file some teeth

The 68-byte EICAR test file plays as important a role today as it did 19 years ago. In this week's Throwback Thursday we look back at a VB99 conference paper in which Randy Abrams described how this 'miracle tool' worked and how it could be used.
When in our VB100 test lab we set up an anti-virus product, one of the first things we do is to see if it works by making it scan the EICAR test file. This 68-byte file is… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2018/05/throwback-thursday-giving-eicar-test-file-some-teeth/

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