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

ID thieves go phishing for GTalk, GMail passwords

If you use Google's GMail or GTalk services, pay special attention to random e-mails or instant messages requesting your login credentials.There is a major spam run underway with a phishing scam using social engineering techniques to snag Google Account usernames and passwords and, according to multiple reports, the attack appears to be very effective.

February 24, 2009 by Ryan Naraine


Apple catches up on Safari (browser) security

After years of lagging behind on important security features, Apple has finally added a malware-blocker, a phishing filter and support for EV (extended validation) certificates into the latest refresh of its Safari Web browser.The malware roadblock headlines a list of Safari 4 security features that also includes cookie blocking, private browsing, secure encryption, safe downloads and parental controls.

February 24, 2009 by Ryan Naraine


Unofficial 'patch' for Adobe Reader, Acrobat zero-day

In response to in-the-wild zero-day attacks targeting critical flaws in Adobe's Reader/Acrobat products, a respected security researcher is offering up a home-brewed (unofficial) patch for Windows users.The buyer-beware patch -- which is simply a replacement for the vulnerable AcroRd32.

February 24, 2009 by Ryan Naraine


Will the real [Breach X] please stand up?

Guest editorial by Mike RothmanDo you remember that classic game show “To Tell the Truth?” It was great and trying to figure out who was the “real” person was always a challenge.

February 24, 2009 by Ryan Naraine


Brand spanking new Excel 0-day being exploited in the wild

Symantec is reporting that a new remote vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Excel 2007, and that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.Details are sparse, but it looks like Symantec has discovered a code-execution vulnerability in Excel 2007 and Excel 2007 SP1.

February 23, 2009 by Adam O'Donnell


Chinese hackers deface the Russian Consulate in Shanghai

That was fast. Chinese hackers collaborating with the Chinese Hacking Union, a two-years old training community for wannabe hackers, hacked and defaced the official web site of  the General Consulate of the Russian Federation in Shanghai, PRC in response to the recent accusations that a Russian navy vessel has sank a Chinese cargo ship.

February 22, 2009 by Dancho Danchev