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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Secunia: Less than 2% of Windows PCs fully patched

It's long been established that the unpatched state of the Windows monoculture is the reason we are facing a malware epidemic.Yet, the latest vulnerability patching statistics from Secunia's PSI (Personal Software Inspector) is a major eye-opener for everyone tracking the security of the Windows ecosystem.

December 3, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Let's be smart about patching databases

* Ryan Naraine is traveling.Guest editorial by Slavik MarkovichEvery quarter, around the time of the Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU) or the Microsoft "Patch Tuesday," rituals take place – some behind closed doors, others in the media.

December 3, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Drexel students hijack online poll, get underwear

A few weeks ago I saw that students at my alma mater organized a small botnet to push Drexel to the front of the queue for Victoria's Secret's line of university branded underwear. It took a brief remark from a blog I frequent to make me realize that there is actually a small computer security story here.

December 3, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


ICANN terminates EstDomains, Directi takes over 280k domains

Following ICANN's notice of termination sent to cybercrime-friendly domain registrar EstDomains in October, on the 24th of November the termination became a reality and EstDomains is no more. Despite the public concerns of who will take the 280,000 domains, and that includes the cybercrime facilitating ones, Directi's ResellerClub is new home for EstDomains customers.

December 3, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Microsoft's Live Search (finally) adds malware warnings

Microsoft's Live Search team has officially announced the integration of warnings for potentially malware infected sites within Live Search, following last week's introduction of a malware warning service aimed at webmasters.According to a post by Christian Seifert, Software Design Engineer at Live Search Anti-Spam & Anti-Malware Team, as of today, users of Microsoft's search engine would receive warnings upon clicking on a potentially malware serving web site.

December 3, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


E pur se muove (and yet it moves)

* Ryan Naraine is traveling. Guest editorial by Ivan ArceOn January 15, 2008, the Vatican released a statement indicating that Pope Benedict XVI had canceled his visit to Italian La Sapienza University as a result of a series of protests during the previous days.

December 2, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Vendor claims Acrobat 9 passwords easier to crack than ever

Password recovery software vendor ElcomSoft claims that the password verification mechanism in the new Adobe Acrobat 9 is weaker than the one used in the previous version of Adobe's product, thereby allowing them to improve the brute forcing speed a hundred times faster. The company's claim comes right after Adobe's implementation of 256-bit encryption in their Acrobat 9.

December 2, 2008 by Dancho Danchev