VB2008: Lipstick, pigs, anti-virus and ponytails

Last night, at the Virus Bulletin conference gala dinner, computer security experts from around the world donned their tuxedos and little black dresses (although not at the same time), and gathered for a slap-up meal.

In the past, the conference organisers have entertained diners with African limbo dancers juggling with fire, Viennese waltzers, and mind-bending magicians. This time, the team put on a “VB100” quiz for the 300+ delegates, with teams formed on each of the 30 tables. Yours truly was pressganged into asking the questions from the stage with editor Helen Martin (I was given a fuschia pink waistcoat to match her shimmering evening dress… the things I put myself through for this industry, I ask you).

To say that the quiz went on for a while would .. err.. be something of an understatement. Imagine the Eurovision Song Contest but three times as…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.