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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Researchers discover PDF exploit packs

If you still need a reason to patch that installation of Adobe Reader, pay close attention to this discovery by Secure Computing's anti-malware research labs.The group has stumbled upon an exploit pack that exclusively targets PDF vulnerabilities, exposing millions of Windows desktops to malicious hacker attacks.

September 24, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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India's government: At last, we've cracked Blackberry's encryption

Following India's threat to shut down the Blackberry network in the country unless Research in Motion allows the government to snoop on Blackberry users made earlier this year, the country seems to have found a more pragmatic solution, and in a surprising move has publicly announced that they have finally managed to crack Blackberry's encryption :"The government has decrypted the data on Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry networks.

September 24, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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Bill O'Reilly's web site hacked, attackers release personal details of users

In what is slowly turning into a endless loop of hacktivism activities, Bill O'Reilly's BillOreilly.com has been compromised during the weekend, with personal details including passwords in plain text for 205 of the site's members already leaking across Internet forums, as a response to his remarks regarding Wikileaks as a "one of those despicable, slimy, scummy websites" which recently published private information of Sarah Palin's private email.

September 23, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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Another online poker site caught cheating: UltimateBet

MSNBC outed Ultimate Bet last week as being under investigation for enabling certain users to cheat their regulars out of tens of millions of dollars. The cheat involved allowing certain customers were able to view the hole cards of opponents.

September 23, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell

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Talkback Tuesday: Webmail Security

I am going to devote one post a week to responding to recent user comments. It is the least I can do for those of you who write thoughtful responses to my posts.

September 23, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell

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McAfee buys CipherTr-- err, Secure Computing

Like every other red-blooded American I take a quick peak at my collapsing retirement and savings portfolios in the morning just to give me that extra kick to head into the office. So I pull up Google Finance to see Secure Computing (SCUR) is, up some 23%, one of the big movers for the day.

September 22, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell

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Webmail providers can fix Palin hack-style problems

One of the most important questions we should be asking ourselves in light of the Palin webmail hack discussed at length here, here and here is how it could have been prevented. There are several software techniques that I can think of off the top of my head that would help webmail prevent malicious password reset attacks.

September 21, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell

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"Papa Bear"'s take on the Palin Hack

Thanks to Dan at the Register and Mark at BoingBoing, I found this little gem in my RSS reader this morning. Bill O'Reilly is attempting to understand the liabilities faced by news organizations that report on improperly obtained data.

September 20, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell

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Adobe moves to nuke 'clipboard hijack' attacks

Adobe has announced plans to modify the next version of its Flash Player to use an "allow/deny" system to mitigate clipboard hijack attacks.The change will be fitted into the final version of Flash Player 10 to demand user interaction when a Shockwave (.

September 19, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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