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

Google Chrome, the security tidbits

The oft-rumored Google browser is real. It's called Google Chrome and it comes with a handful of security-related features like privacy mode and blacklist-based blocking of phishing and malware sites.

September 1, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Inside India's CAPTCHA solving economy

No CAPTCHA can survive a human that's receiving financial incentives for solving it, and with an army of low-waged human CAPTCHA solvers officially in the business of "data processing" while earning a mere $2 for solving a thousand CAPTCHA's, I'm already starting to see evidence of consolidation between India's major CAPTCHA solving companies.

August 29, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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MSN Norway serving Flash exploits through malvertising

Morten Krakvik from the Norwegian Honeynet Project is reporting that MSN Norway is among the latest victims of malvertising, a practice where a bogus advertising provider tricks leading portals into accepting advertisements from its network, which often end up redirecting to live exploit URLs.

August 27, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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Intel ships BIOS fix for Rutkowska's Black Hat flaw

Intel has shipped a BIOS update with a fix for a privilege escalation vulnerability that was used by rootkit researcher Joanna Rutkowska to bluepill the Xen hypervisor.The vulnerability was discussed by Rutkowska at the Black Hat briefings earlier this month but details on the exploit were withheld until Intel could release its patch.

August 27, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


iPhone passcode lock rendered useless

Do not trust that passcode lock on Apple's iPhone.The feature, which lets users set a four-digit pincode to limit access to the device, can be easily bypassed with a few finger taps on the iPhone to give an intruder access to sensitive information.

August 26, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Feel like taunting an identity thief? Don't.

The next time you get the urge to enter angry messages to phishers on fake (malicious) Web sites, stop and consider this discovery by researcher Joe Stewart.The identity thieves behind the Asprox botnet have built extra logic into phishing sites to detect taunts and subject those computer users to drive-by malware exploits.

August 26, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Microsoft confirms 'InPrivate' IE 8

When Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 browser makeover ships later this year, it will feature several nifty privacy features aimed at giving surfers control over their Web footprints.One week after bloggers discovered clues that IE 8 will include a private browsing (ahem, porn mode), Microsoft used the official IE blog to discuss four new granular controls in the browser.

August 25, 2008 by Ryan Naraine