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

Koobface Facebook worm still spreading

Originally spreading since July, the Koobface worm remains active according to a recent security alert issued by Websense :"The email reveals that infected user accounts are being used to post messages to Facebook friends lists. The content was an enticing message with a link that used a Facebook open redirector.

November 10, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Rigged PDFs exploiting just-patched Adobe Reader flaw

Just three days after Adobe shipped a patch with fixes for a critical Adobe Reader vulnerability, hackers are using booby-trapped PDF files to fire exploits against Windows users.[ SEE: Heads up: Patch your Adobe Reader now ]The in-the-wild attacks, first spotted by the SANS Internet Storm Center, follows the public release of proof-of-concept exploits at Milw0rm.

November 7, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Obama community blog redirecting to malware

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Obama-related spam campaign comes the discovery that attackers are redirecting people from an official Barack Obama website to malware when they search for anti-virus to address the threat.

November 6, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


Patch Tuesday heads up: Critical Windows, Office fixes coming

Microsoft is planning a small Patch Tuesday this month -- just two bulletins affecting Windows and Office users.According to the company's advance notice mechanism, one of the two bulletins will be rated "critical" and will address flaws that could lead to remote code execution attacks.

November 6, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


WPA Wi-Fi encryption (partially) cracked

Rob McMillan at IDG has the scoop on new research that shows it's possible to partially crack the WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) encryption standard.Full details of the theoretical attack is not yet known but McMillan reports that two security researchers -- Erik Tews and Martin Beck -- plan to discuss the issue at next week's PacSec conference in Japan.

November 6, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Adobe updates Flash Player 9 to fix six security holes

Adobe has slapped another band-aid on its ever-present Flash Player to cover at least six documented security vulnerabilities that could expose users to a wide range of hacker attacks.The patch, rated "critical" by Adobe, affects Flash Player 9.

November 5, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Obama-related spammed trojan propagating worldwide

Several security companies including F-Secure, Sunbelt, and my employer Cloudmark (disclosure) are reporting a large volume of Obama-related spam that links to malware. This is just the latest twist on the long-running theme of social engineering end users into installing web-based malware.

November 5, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


Newsweek: Obama, McCain campaigns hacked by 'foreign entity'

Newsweek is reporting that the computer systems of the campaigns of both Barack Obama and John McCain were compromised in a "sophisticated cyberattack" by an unknown "foreign entity."At Obama headquarters, what was originally believed to be a virus planted in a phishing attack turned out to something more ominous.

November 5, 2008 by Ryan Naraine