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

What does the spam ISP shutdown really mean?

It has been over a week since the takedown of an ISP responsible for directing a large portion of Internet's spam. While many groups immediately hailed a massive drop in spam, the true story was more nuanced.

November 19, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell

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Malware found in Lenovo software package

Computer maker Lenovo is shipping a malware-infected software package to Windows XP users, according to warning from anti-virus researchers at Microsoft.The malicious file was identified by Microsoft as Win32/Meredrop, a Trojan dropper that is used to install and execute multiple malicious executables on an infected computer.

November 19, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Fake Windows XP activation trojan goes 2.0

Known as Kardphisher and "in the wild" since April, 2007, last week the malware author of this trojan horse mimicking the Windows XP activation interface while collecting the credit card details the end user has submitted, has made significant changes to visual interface and usability of the trojan, consequently improving its authenticity. Guess what happens when a gullible end user falls victim into this social engineering attack?

November 18, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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Commercial vendor of spyware under legal fire

Just like every decent marketer out there, vendors of commercial malware tools are very good at positioning their tools. However, their pitches often contradict with themselves in a way that what's promoted as a Remote Administration Tool, has in fact built-in antivirus software evading capabilities, rootkit functionality and tutorials on how to remotely infect users over email.

November 18, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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What really happened to the candidates' computers?

Now that two weeks have passed since the end of the presidential campaigns, it is worthwhile to take a look at what I think should have one of the biggest cybercrime stories of the year. As Ryan blogged the day after the election, both the McCain and the Obama campaigns' systems were compromised by an external party, and this compromise lead to a massive data exfiltration.

November 18, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell

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Microsoft kills OneCare, replaces it with freebie 'Morro'

Microsoft today announced plans to kill its Windows Live OneCare PC care and security suite and replace it with a free anti-malware utility.The new product, code-named "Morro," will be designed for a smaller footprint that will use fewer computing resources, making it ideal for low-bandwidth scenarios or less powerful PCs, Microsoft said its surprise announcement.

November 18, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Anti fraud site hit by a DDoS attack

The popular British anti-fraud site Bobbear.co.uk is currently under a DDoS attack (distributed denial of service attack) , originally launched last Wednesday, and is continuing to hit the site with 3/4 million hits daily from hundreds of thousands of malware infected hosts mostly based in Asia and Eastern Europe, according to the site's owner.

November 17, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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Adobe AIR hits 'critical' security turbulence

Buried in today's flurry of feel-good Adobe news is this less flattering nugget:  Adobe AIR is vulnerable to several critical vulnerabilities that could expose users to code execution attacks.The company released AIR 1.

November 17, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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VoIP vulnerabilities in Microsoft Communicator

Researchers at VoIPshield Labs have pinpointed a wide range of denial-of-service vulnerabilities in Microsoft Communicator, the unified communications that features business-grade instant messaging , voice, and video tools.The flaws, rated "high severity," could cripple VoIP-powered communications on Office Communications Server 2007, Office Communicator and Windows Live Messenger.

November 17, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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