VB2008: The first day

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Sorry for the delay in blogging about the latest goings-on at the Virus Bulletin conference in Ottawa, but this is turning out to be a vintage year.

The conference kicked off yesterday morning at the surprisingly restrained time of half past ten, with Virus Bulletin editor Helen Martin opening proceedings. Helen’s “state of the nation” address discussed the growing problem of online threats, as she produced stats documenting the rise in phishing attacks and asked whether banks were doing enough to protect their customers.

After running through some of the other highlights that delegates could expect in the busy timetable (there are two main streams at Virus Bulletin conferences – the corporate and the technical – so inevitably you don’t get to see all the talks), she handed the microphone over to Alex Eckelberry, CEO of Sunbelt Software who had the honour of giving the keynote speech this year.

After this strong start, the conference programme began proper, with papers…

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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.