A wild ride this week, with Patch Tuesday turning 10, Adobe "going open source" by losing 40GB of code, and Silk Road operator Dread Pirate Roberts getting locked in the brig.
Chet and Duck turn their amusing but insightful attention to the latest security stories...
Sophos has a larger than normal presense this week at the Virus Bulletin Conference in Berlin, Germany. Research presented includes bot nets, rootkits, Android and even techniques we can use to better protect others.
At this week's Virus Bulletin conference in Berlin, two SophosLabs researchers will present a paper on ads and adware in the mobile ecosystem.
We'd love to put *your* questions and comments to them from the conference floor - so here's your chance to have your say...
Just about every security company publishes some sort of prevalence data - those little bar charts and top tens showing the most important and widespread threats. The raw data behind these easy-to-consume representations can be very useful to security experts and testers.
It sometimes seems like anyone with a computer feels qualified to do comparative anti-virus testing. There are a lot of pitfalls to look out for, which often trip up unwary would-be testers and regularly lead to wonky data and odd conclusions. So how do you know which tests are any good?
Anti-virus tests are a bit of a minefield. Why are they all different? How do you know who to believe? What makes one test better than another, or are they all equally brilliant/useless/biased/random? John Hawes takes a look.
Malware researcher Paul Baccas reveals how an Excel spreadsheet using the password "VelvetSweatshop" could be designed to put your computer at risk.
The Swiss are known for their prestigious and generous gifts to those who achieve what others can only imagine. SophosLabs managed to impress the committee and earn one of these coveted prizes recently.
Christopher Soghoian gave the keynote presentation at the VB2012 conference in Dallas, exploring the growing industry in selling details of exploitable vulnerabilities to the highest bidder.
Free speech or weapons in need of regulation?
John Shier joined Chet this week as they discussed the death of UNIX and C co-creator Dennis Ritchie, the Virus Bulletin 2011 conference, Apple's release of iOS 5 and OS X 10.7.2, Microsoft Patch Tuesday, and the German R2D2 Trojan.
Brett Cove from SophosLabs Vancouver presented a paper at Virus Bulletin 2011 today explaining the oft forgotten spamming technique known as snowshoe spam.
At the Virus Bulletin 2011 conference in Barcelona, Spain, Sophos's Onur Komili presented research into identifying distribution networks used to spread fake anti-virus software.
Brazil is a cybercrime hotspot - with hundreds of millions of dollars stolen every year.
What is stopping the authorities from catching those responsible, and should anti-virus companies do more to fight the bad guys rather than just the bad files?
The Virus Bulletin conference is told about the investigation into a modern malware-writing gang.
But with only two of the cybercriminals sentenced, was justice really done?
This week there is an opportunity to meet members of the SophosLabs and Naked Security teams at the prestigious Virus Bulletin conference.
SophosLabs expert Paul Baccas gives us a sneak preview of a paper he is presenting at the Virus Bulletin conference in October 2011.