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

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


Remote buffer overflow bug bites Linux Kernel

A remote buffer overflow vulnerability in the Linux Kernel could be exploited by attackers to execute code or cripple affected systems, according to a Gentoo bug report that just became public.The flaw could allow malicious hackers to launch arbitrary code with kernel-level privileges.

November 5, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


GOP gearing up legal attack on e-voting machines

According to TPM Muckraker and this press release, the Republican National Committee is lining up the computer forensics firm Forensicon to provide analysis on e-voting machines to form the basis of a legal attack against the validity of the 2008 presidential election.

November 4, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


Google and T-Mobile push patch for Android security flaw

During the weekend, Google and T-Mobile pushed a patch fixing last week's disclosed security flaw affecting Google's Android. The flaw and the PoC were communicated to Google on October 20th, with the vulnerability itself made possible due to Android's use of outdated third-party software packages.

November 4, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Heads up: Patch your Adobe Reader now

(See important update below for information on patching this vulnerability). Heads up for Windows users: There's a critical, remotely exploitable vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat/Reader version 8.

November 4, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Will e-voting machines tilt the election?

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 24 months, you should be well aware that tomorrow millions of Americans will be going to the polls to select their representative, one-third of their senators, and the next president. In general, Americans have become wary of the election process ever since the litigation that follows the 2000 election.

November 3, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell