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

Spamming vendor launches managed spamming service

A spamming vendor known as the SET-X Corporation, has recently launched the distributed SET-X Mail System, a sophisticated managed spamming service available for rent on a monthly basis starting from $2000, promising to achieve "spamming speed" of 5000 to 7000 emails per minute and over 1 million spam messages per day, courtesy of the 5000 bots it comes preloaded with.

September 13, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Browser Wars 2.0: Firefox scrambles to add 'private mode' browsing

At Black Hat last month, when I spoke to Mozilla security chief Window Snyder, she made it clear that Private Browsing would not make it into the next revision of Firefox.Today, the open-source group all but announced that the privacy feature, which puts the browser into a temporary state where no information about the user's browsing session is stored locally, will definitely make it into Firefox 3.

September 12, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Apple plugs iPhone code execution holes

Apple's long-awaited iPhone 2.1 software update was released today with patches for at least eight security vulnerabilities, some of which could lead to remote code execution attacks.

September 12, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Secunia launches pay-as-you-go exploit shop

Danish security research firm Secunia has launched a pay-as-you-go vulnerability analysis service aimed at providing technical details, exploits and proof-of-concept code to security software vendors.The new Binary Analysis Service is billed as a one-stop-shop for indepth analysis of the "worst and most interesting vulnerabilities" affecting widely deployed software products.

September 11, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


NoScript mitigates HTTPS cookie hijacking attacks

The invaluable NoScript for Firefox plug-in just got a tad better.According to Giorgio Maone, the developer behind the popular browser extension, a new experimental feature called "Forced Secure Cookies" has been added to NoScript v1.

September 10, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Google closes hole in Single Sign-On service

Google has fixed an implementation flaw in the single sign-on service that powers Google Apps follow a warning from researchers that remote attackers can exploit a hole to access Google accounts.The vulnerability, described in this white paper (.

September 10, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Apple plugs gaping QuickTime security holes

Apple today released a major makeover to its iTunes and QuickTime software products, fixing at least 11 documented security vulnerabilities that could lead to Mac and PC takeover attacks.QuickTime 7.

September 9, 2008 by Ryan Naraine