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

Latest Posts

Rogue security software spoofs ZDNet Reviews

Impersonation is a form of flattery by itself, however, not when it comes to the very latest round of rogue security software this time impersonating ZDNet, CNET's and PC Magazine's reviews section, making it look like legitimate and highly respected technology sites have actually reviewed and recommend the rogue security software.

February 20, 2009 by Dancho Danchev


Targeted malware attacks exploiting IE7 flaw detected

Researchers at TrendMicro have detected a targeted malware attack exploiting last week's patched critical MS09-002 vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer 7.  Upon opening the spammed Microsoft office document, vulnerable users are automatically forwarded to a Chinese live exploit site which still remains active.

February 17, 2009 by Dancho Danchev


Crimeware tracking service hit by a DDoS attack

A week after a newly launched crimeware tracking service went public, cybercriminals didn't hesitate to prove its usefulness by launching a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) against it. According to the Swiss security blog, the Zeus tracker came under attack from a previously known source that also attacked abuse.

February 17, 2009 by Dancho Danchev


Is your Java up to date?

For a long time, the experience of patching Sun's Java software has been less than pleasant. The updates were huge and time consuming, the patching instructions were a mess and, even worse, Sun never removed older, vulnerable versions from the patched machine.

February 14, 2009 by Ryan Naraine


Apple Patch Day: Gaping Mac OS X, Safari holes

It's Apple's turn on the Patch Day treadmill and, for Mac OS X users, it's quite ugly.As I write, Apple has released four different bulletins to cover 48 documented vulnerabilities in the Mac OS X ecosystem, a solitary code execution flaw affecting Safari for Windows and four different security problems in Java for Mac OS X.

February 12, 2009 by Ryan Naraine


Microsoft announces industry alliance, $250k reward to combat Conficker

Microsoft has announced an alliance of various industry partners whose goal is to fight the Conficker worm. The announcement is short on actionable methods for stopping the worm, but it does include one gem: a $250,000 (US) bounty for information leading to the capture of those responsible for the worm.

February 12, 2009 by Adam O'Donnell


Should Microsoft decouple IE from Patch Tuesday?

A security researcher wants Microsoft to follow the lead of other browser makers and start fixing Internet Explorer security problems outside of the Patch Tuesday cycle to help contain the Windows malware epidemic.

February 12, 2009 by Ryan Naraine