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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Secunia: popular security suites failing to block exploits

In a recently conducted comparative review, Danish security company Secunia, tested the detection rate of 12 different Internet Security Suites against 300 exploits (144 malicious files and 156 malicious web pages) affecting popular end user applications, to find that even the top performer in the test is in fact performing poorly in general. Their conclusion :"These results clearly show that the major security vendors do not focus on vulnerabilities.

October 14, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Lead, melamine, and backdoored routers

It seems that not a day goes by without a new media alert regarding bad things in the chinese supply chain. First it was lead in our toys, then it was melamine in our milk, and now it also may be backdoors in our counterfeit Cisco hardware.

October 13, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


Debate around 'partial disclosure' heats up

There are many ways of telling the world about a security vulnerability. A vulnerability can be announced without telling the vendor, it can be announced after giving the vendor a period of time to fix the issue, or it may just be circulated amongst the underground without ever coming to the surface.

October 13, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell

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MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: 11 bulletins, 4 critical

It will be a very busy Patch Tuesday for administrators managing Microsoft Windows computer systems.According to Microsoft's advance notice mechanism, 11 security bulletins will drop next Tuesday (October 14, 2008), covering a wide range of serious vulnerabilities.

October 9, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Mac OS X Patch Day: 40 security flaws fixed

Apple has shipped another whopper of a patch to cover a total of 40 documented vulnerabilities affecting the Mac OS X ecosystem.The Security Update 2008-007, available for Tiger and Leopard, covers a range of third-party components and Mac OS X flaws that could users at risk of remote code executions attacks.

October 9, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Opera bitten by 'extremely severe' browser bug

Buried in the flurry of feature-related news surrounding the release of Opera 9.6 is the fact that the update fixes an "extremely severe" vulnerability that could expose Opera users to code execution attacks.

October 9, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Asus ships Eee Box PCs with malware

Asus has confirmed and apologized to customers (press release in Japanese; translated version) for shipping malware on the recently introduced Eee Box desktop computer :"According to an email sent out by Asus, PC Advisor reports, the Eee Box's 80GB hard drive has the recycled.exe virus files hidden in the drive's D: partition.

October 9, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Student indicted for Palin e-mail hack

The U.S. Justice Department today announced that a federal grand jury in Knoxville, Tennessee has indicted the 20-year-old son of a state lawmaker in connection with the compromise of Sarah Palin's Yahoo e-mail account.

October 8, 2008 by Ryan Naraine