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

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


Twitter's "me too" anti-spam strategy

With Twitter's continuing growth, its popularity is logically starting to attract the attention of malicious parties, like spammers, phishers, and malware authors who wouldn't mind the fact that nobody is following them when they're actively updating several hundred users with their latest propositions.

August 25, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Facebook refuses to fix obvious security flaw

[ UPDATE:  Facebook has reversed itself and fixed this vulnerability ]  The Register's Dan Goodin has the scoop on an obvious security vulnerability that's being ignored by the powers at Facebook.The issue, as demonstrated by this proof-of-concept, shows how a social network application can be rigged to hijack a Facebook user's session identification cookies, deliver pop-up messages or change the color of Facebook pages.

August 25, 2008 by Ryan Naraine