Congratulations to Virus Bulletin, the journal of the anti-virus industry, which is celebrating its 25th birthday today.
Virus Bulletin, affectionately known to its readers as “VB”, is entering a new era under the stewardship of Martijn Grooten and John Hawes.
The days of having a subscription and receiving a printed copy of the latest VB in the post or a link to its PDF are behind us, and from now on all of Virus Bulletin’s content will be freely available to read on its website.
This is undoubtedly good news for the many out there who are interested in computer security, vulnerabilities, analyses of malware, and discussions of spam techniques.
By the way, the name “Virus Bulletin” is something of a misnomer these days as it is broadening its range far beyond malware (and more recently spam) to cover all areas of computer security.
Nevertheless, there’s lots of good stuff that has been printed in the last 25 years, and I’m delighted to see that Virus Bulletin plans to publish online its extensive archive of articles, stretching back to the good old days of when it used to encourage readers to enter specific hex codes to detect the handful of viruses found each month.
I’m hoping I’ll soon be able to dig out its (somewhat grumpy) write-up of the first professional anti-virus software I ever wrote: “Dr Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows” which I seem to recall they likened to inflatable bananas and a pair of plastic breasts.
It didn’t have that too many kinds words to say back in late 1992 about the entire concept of a Windows-based anti-virus program to be honest.
Congratulations to the guys at Virus Bulletin - here’s to another 25 glorious years! And don’t worry, I’ve forgiven you for the “inflatable bananas” comment.