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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Cybercrime friendly EstDomains loses ICANN registrar accreditation

Despite EstDomains persistent press releases during the last couple of days, next to the domain registrar's delayed response to the security community, on Thursday the ICANN has sent a notice of termination of their registrar accreditation agreement with EstDomains, following obtained court records stating that EstDomains president Vladimir Tsastsin has been convicted of credit card fraud, money laundering and document forgery on 6 February 2008. The end of EstDomains?

October 29, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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Code execution flaws haunt OpenOffice

OpenOffice.org has shipped a new version of the open-source desktop productivity suite to patch a pair of highly-critical vulnerabilities that could expose users to arbitrary code execution attacks.

October 29, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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CardCops: Stolen credit card details getting cheaper

The dynamics of the underground marketplace are pretty similar to that of the legitimate marketplace, with cybercriminals demanding and supplying, consolidating and start to work together, and coming up with new monetization approaches in order to continue enjoying the high profit margins of their goods and services.

October 29, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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'End of life' beckons for Firefox 2

If you have not yet upgraded to Firefox 3, keep in mind that Mozilla is very close to pulling the plug on support for older versions of the browser.Support for Firefox 2, which includes security and stability patches, is scheduled to end six months after Firefox 3 shipped (June 17, 2008), which puts the end-of-life date in the mid-December range.

October 29, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Talkback Tuesday: latest MS vulnerability

Everyone was discussing the MS08-067 vulnerability and its out-of-cycle patchlast week. My post on the topic elicited several comments from our readers, including the following by frgough: If this had been Apple, the article slant would have been all aboutpoor security models, inherently flawed structure with lots ofadjectives like massive, dangerous, overconfident, etc.

October 28, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell

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Exploit published for Windows worm hole

Reliable exploit code for the remote code execution vulnerability patched with Microsoft's MS08-067 update has been posted to the Internet, prompting a new "patch immediately" advisory from the Redmond software maker.The exploit, which has been added to the freely available Metasploit point-and-click attack tool, provides a roadmap for code execution on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.

October 28, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Facebook worm finds a friend in Google Reader

The Facebook worm that has been squirming its way through the popular social network now has a new friend -- Google Reader.According to researchers at Fortinet, the worm's creators are wrapping Google's RSS reader around fake video downloads as part of a strategy to strengthen the social engineering component of the attack.

October 28, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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A peek inside the bank malware epidemic

My colleague at Kaspersky Lab Roel Schouwenberg (see disclosure) has written a very interesting piece on the banker malware landscape, warning that attacks against financial institutions will get much more targeted and sophisticated.Schouwenberg's Attacks on Banks paper takes a close look at how malicious programs targeting financial institutions are designed to evade anti-malware and examines how phishing and money mules serve as the hub for global identity theft attacks.

October 27, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Google Android vulnerable to drive-by browser exploit

The Google Android operating system is vulnerable to a serious security vulnerability that allows malicious hackers to launch drive-by browser attacks, according to alert from a security research outfit.Technical details of the vulnerability, which occurs because Google Android uses an unpatched open-source software package, is being kept under wraps until a patch is available.

October 27, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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