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Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charlie currently works as a journalist and photographer -- with the occasional design piece -- and writes for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has particular interests in social media, IP law, social engineering and security.

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Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that includes ABC News and the Wall Street Journal. She has authored and edited award-winning, best selling books in eight translations and has been a sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She has given keynote talks at such conferences as ETech, LeWeb, and the Forbes Brand Leadership Conference, and has given two Tech Talks at Google. In 2010, the London Times named Blue one of “40 bloggers who really count.” Ms. Blue is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet Blue bio courtesy of TTI Vanguard.

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OpenBSD founder: Intel leaves open-source out in the cold

OpenBSD founder: Intel leaves open-source out in the cold

OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt wants Intel to come clean on the severity of bugs in the Intel Core 2 processors, warning that some of the bugs "will *ASSUREDLY* be exploitable from userland code."de Raadt's comments follow Intel's release of a BIOS patch to cover potential unpredictable system behavior on Windows machines running Core 2 and Xeon 3000/5000 chips.

June 28, 2007 by in Open Source

Rutkowska faces '100% undetectable malware' challenge

Rutkowska faces '100% undetectable malware' challenge

At last year's Black Hat security conference, stealth malware researcher Joanna Rutkowska caused a stir with the introduction of Blue Pill, a new technology she claims can create malware that remains "100 percent undetectable."This year, a group of her peers will challenge Rutkowska to prove it, arguing that a 100% undetectable rootkit is absolutely impossible.

June 27, 2007 by in Security

The iPhone security non-story

The iPhone security non-story

David Maynor is hoarding his Safari browser flaws with his eyes on the iPhone.As far back as January, hackers were asking questions about the iPhone CPU and preparing for attack scenarios.

June 26, 2007 by in iPhone

Skeletons in Microsoft's Patch Day closet

Skeletons in Microsoft's Patch Day closet

Last Tuesday, when Microsoft released the MS07-030 bulletin to fix a remote code execution hole in Visio, the first line in the executive summary caught my attention:This important update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in addition to other security issues identified during the course of the investigation.

June 20, 2007 by in Microsoft

Does Trillian have a crapware problem?

Does Trillian have a crapware problem?

StopBadware.org researcher Liana Leahy has taken Cerulean Studios to task for bundling two third-party applications into the popular free Trillian IM client, arguing that users who are not careful during the Trillian installation process could end up with a crapware problem.

June 19, 2007 by in PCs

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