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

Microsoft's Live launches malware detection service for webmasters

Playing catch-up with Google's Safe Browsing diagnostic, Google's warnings for potentially hackable sites, and Yahoo's SearchScan introduced through their partnership with McAfee, Microsoft's Live Search has updated their Webmaster tools to offer detection for embedded malware. Moreover, as a late entrant they simply had to differentiate, and they did it in the form of providing outbound links check for whether or not the ongoing links have also been embedded with malware.

November 26, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


New worm exploiting MS08-067 flaw spotted in the wild

Microsoft's Security Response Center and McAfee are warning on increased network scanning activity during the last couple of days courtesy of the very latest W32/Conficker.worm exploiting the already patched MS08-067 vulnerability.

November 26, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Google: no evidence of a Gmail vulnerability

Following the speculations on the resurrection of what's thought to be an already fixed Gmail flaw which could assist in domain name hijackings, yesterday Google commented that their investigation indicated that the recent domain hijacks should be attributed to a phishing campaign, rather than to a Gmail flaw.

November 25, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Symantec puts value of underground transactions at $275M

Those of you looking for statistics to justify your security budgets for next year, look no further: Symantec has released their view of the underground economy as it has evolved over the past year.The qualitative information in the report is amusing, but the quantitative information has far more value to anyone trying to build a justification for infrastructure and security services related to PCI-DSS.

November 25, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


Cybercriminals release Christmas themed web malware exploitation kit

"Committing cybercrime around the Christmas tree" has always been a tradition for malicious attackers introducing new ways to scam the millions of online shoppers during the holidays. This Christmas isn't going to be an exception, but what has changed compared last couple of years is the tone of the Xmas promotions already circulating across various cybercrime communities.

November 24, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Microsoft is 5th most spam-friendly ISP

Spammers are abusing Microsoft's online services at such an alarming rate that a non-profit spam fighting group now lists Microsoft as the world's 5th most spam-friendly ISP (Internet Service Provider).The latest update of Spamhaus.

November 21, 2008 by Ryan Naraine