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Violet Blue

Ms. Violet Blue (, @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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Vista SP1 still vulnerable to speech recognition 'analog' hole

Vista SP1 still vulnerable to speech recognition 'analog' hole

A little more than a year ago, Sebastian Krahmer posted a question on the Dailydave security mailing list whether Vista's speech recognition was exploitable or not via malicious sound files that could be hosted on websites.  I was the first to answer his call with some initial skepticism but that turned in to astonishment when I ran some tests that confirmed the vulnerability.

February 11, 2008 by in Windows

Apple drops QuickTime patch

Apple drops QuickTime patch

Apple on Wednesday dropped a patch for QuickTime to fix a arbitrary code execution vulnerability.Relative to other recent QuickTime patches this one was small--only one vulnerability that could lead to an "unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution" if a user visits a malicious Web site.

February 6, 2008 by in Apple


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