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

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


Atrivo/Intercage's disconnection briefly disrupts spam levels

After years of operation, California based ISP Atrivo/Intercage, a well known Russian Business Network darling, faced the music and was disconnected from the Internet by its upstream provider at the end of September. What happened according to MessageLabs's latest intelligence report, was a brief decline of spam due to the fact that the malware infected hosts couldn't reach the ISP's netblock.

October 7, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Webcam hijack demo highlights clickjacking threat

[ UPDATE: The details are out. Lots of unresolved clickjacking issues]A security researcher in Israel has released a demo of a "clickjacking" attack, using an JavaScript game to turn every browser into a surveillance zombie.

October 7, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Scammers introduce ATM skimmers with built-in SMS notification

The bust of the notorious ATM scammer going under the handle of Cha0 in early September, once again puts ATM skimming in the spotlight. Among the main insecurities scammers face while embedding an ATM skimmer, is the retrieval process of the device that is now containing the credit card details of several hundred people depending on the volume of transactions that occurred while the device was in place.

October 7, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Talkback Tuesday: Mobile Malware

Last week I wrote two posts about why I was not concerned about mobile malware right now, but I expected mobile malware to become a problem in the near future. There were several responses to the two posts, including the following:Phatkat writes: Most crackers (hackers gone bad) are doing this for monetary gain so like most people want to put the minimal amount effort to get the maximum gain.

October 6, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell