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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Malware author greets Microsoft's Windows Defender team

A Russian malware author with involvement in the Zlob malware family, one of the most prolific malware families in 2008 thanks to its successful mimicking of video codecs, has left a message for the Windows Defender team inside a sample analyzed by French researchers. The message is a follow-up to a previous note left in October, and is basically greeting Microsoft in respect to their improving detection rates for this malware family.

January 14, 2009 by Dancho Danchev


RIM warns of BlackBerry PDF processing vulnerabilities

Hackers can use booby-trapped PDF attachments sent to BlackBerry devices to launch malicious code execution attacks, according to warnings issued by Research in Motion (RIM).The company shipped patches this week to address a pair of critical vulnerabilities affecting its enterprise product line.

January 13, 2009 by Ryan Naraine


Paris Hilton's official web site serving malware

The official web site of Paris Hilton ( has been embedded with a malicious iFrame, automatically exposing visitors to client-side vulnerabilities and banker malware, according to researchers from ScanSafe.

January 13, 2009 by Dancho Danchev


AVG snaps up Sana Security

One of the last stand-alone host-based intrusion detection product vendors has been picked up by an anti-virus firm.The Redwood City-based HIPS vendor Sana Security has been acquired by the popular AV vendor AVG for an undisclosed sum.

January 13, 2009 by Adam O'Donnell


Privacy flaw haunts Apple Safari RSS reader

There's a major privacy problem with the RSS reader built into Apple's Safari browser.According to an alert from Brian Mastenbrook, there is a serious Safari vulnerability that allows a malicious web site to read files on a user's hard drive without user intervention.

January 13, 2009 by Ryan Naraine


Oracle drops critical database server patch bundle

Oracle has dropped the first quarterly critical patch update for 2009 -- with patches for 41 vulnerabilities in a wide range of database server products.The January 2009 CPU includes 20 new security fixes for the company's flagship database product lines, 4 new security fixes for the Oracle Application Server, 9 vulnerabilities in Oracle Secure Backup, 4 new security fixes for the Oracle Applications Suite, and 6 new security fixes for the PeopleSoft and JDEdwards Suite.

January 13, 2009 by Ryan Naraine

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MS Patch Tuesday: 3 critical SMB vulnerabilities

Microsoft today shipped a solitary bulletin with patches for at least three documented security flaws in the Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol.The three vulnerabilities, rated "critical" on Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, exposes Windows users to remote code execution attacks, Microsoft said in its MS09-001 bulletin.

January 13, 2009 by Ryan Naraine


Phishers as street-level drug dealers

The Microsoft report on the profitability of phishing and its associated economic constraints is reminiscent of another illegal enterprise: street-level drug dealing.Microsoft released a report stating that phishing is no where near as profitable as commonly believed.

January 11, 2009 by Adam O'Donnell