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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Heap-based buffer overflow reported in RealNetworks RealPlayer

Update 07/25/2008: Aaron Portnoy of TippingPoint's security research group was kind enough to point out that I'm actually not affected by this, since I've installed the newest version of RealPlayer.  From Aaron's email:Notice the Secunia advisory states it affects RealPlayer 10.

July 25, 2008 by Nathan McFeters

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Click fraud in 2nd quarter of 2008 more sophisticated, botnets to blame

Whereas the overall click fraud rate isn't increasing, it's not decreasing either, remaining flat for the first two quarters of 2008, according to data gathered from the Click Fraud Network, consisting of more than 4,000 online advertisers and agencies. Click Forensics report for the second quarter of 2008, indicates that botnets continue being used for click fraud, the preferred and more efficient approach compared to hiring human clickers on a revenue sharing basis.

July 24, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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Speculation over possible Skype backdoor

There's growing speculation coming out of Europe that there's a backdoor in Skype that allows remote eavesdropping of telephone conversations.A report in the reputable Heise Online says the issue was discussed at a meeting with ISPs last month where high-ranking officials at the Austrian interior ministry claims "it is not a problem for them to listen in on Skype conversations.

July 24, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Apple looking to hire iPhone hacker

Apple is in the market for someone capable of hacking into the iPhone.According to this job listing, the company is looking for an iPhone Security Engineer capable of, among other things, developing "proof of concept" attacks on the device's current security mechanisms.

July 24, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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|)ruid and HD Moore release part 2 of DNS exploit

[Updated 07/24/2008: Gallery images of diffs of code revisions has been included and will be updated as things change, see here.]Earlier today, noted researchers |)ruid and HD Moore released exploit code for the Metasploit tool for attacking the DNS flaw that was originally reported by Dan Kaminsky.

July 23, 2008 by Nathan McFeters

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Attack code published for DNS flaw

The urgency to patch Dan Kaminsky's DNS cache poisoning vulnerability just went up a few notches.Exploit code for the flaw, which allows the insertion of malicious DNS records into the cache of the target nameserver, has been added to Metasploit, a freely distributed attack/pen-testing tool.

July 23, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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'Spam King' escapes from federal prison

[ UPDATE:  Davidson was found dead, involved in an apparent murder-suicide that involved his wife and 3-year-old daughter. ] Edward "Eddie" Davidson, a notorious e-mail spammer who was sentenced to jail time in April, has escaped from a federal prison camp in Florence, Colorado.

July 23, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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