Violet Blue

Violet Blue is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. She contributes to ZDNet, CNET, CBS News, and SF Appeal.

Larry Seltzer

Larry Seltzer has long been a recognized expert in technology, with a focus on mobile technology and security in recent years

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MS Patch Tuesday whopper: 28 vulnerabilities in Windows, IE, Office

Microsoft today dropped a monster Patch Tuesday release with fixes for at least 28 vulnerabilities affecting Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Visual Basic Active Controls and Windows Media Player.Of the 28 flaws, 23 carry a "critical" rating, meaning they could be used to launch remote code execution attacks with minimal user action.

December 9, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Hackers exploiting (unpatched) IE 7 flaw to launch drive-by attacks

Malicious hackers are exploiting a zero-day flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser to launch a new wave of drive-by downloads, according to a warning from security researchers.The Web attacks, first reported by Bob McMillan, takes aim at users running IE 7 on Windows XP SP2 and includes the use of a Trojan downloader that commandeers Windows machines for nefarious purposes.

December 9, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


With or without McColo, spam volume increasing again

It was only a matter of time for spam volume to sky rocket again, despite McColo's shutdown in November. Two weeks after the cybercrime-friendly ISP got disconnected from the Internet, spam volumes are increasing once again with the main botnets using it as a command and control location regaining their strength by migrating to new hosting locations.

December 8, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Trusteer launches search engine for malware configuration files

Trusteer's recently launched "Attack Trace" search engine aims to help financial institution by letting them search through the configuration files of popular banker malware SilentBanker, WSNPOEM/Zeus/PRG/Zbot and Torpig in order for them to verify whether or not their sites are targeted.

December 4, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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Coming on Patch Tuesday: 8 bulletins, 6 critical

The final Microsoft Patch Tuesday for 2008 will be a big one: 8 bulletins covering serious code execution flaws in a wide range of ubiquitous software.According to the company's advance notice mechanism,  six of the eight bulletins will be rated "critical," Microsoft's highest severity rating.

December 4, 2008 by Ryan Naraine