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

Webmail and traditional e-mail face different threats

This week's attack on Sarah Palin's e-mail account highlights how the same application could have very different threat models depending on the technology used. While this is a general issue for all Software-as-a-Service offerings versus traditional desktop packages, let's focus on just e-mail for now.

September 18, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


DarkMarket ID theft message board shuts down

DarkMarket, an infamous underground message board that provides a haven for identity thieves to buy, trade and sell stolen data, plans to shut down operations.According to Threat Level's Kevin Poulsen, the three-year-old forum will go dark on October 4.

September 18, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


The most "dangerous" celebrities to search for in 2008

Searching for details regarding the latest celebrity gossip may expose you to everything the IT underground has to offer - from adware and spyware to misleading offers and fake newsletters enticing you to opt-in into a spammer's campaign. McAfee owned SiteAdvisor has recently released the 2008 list of the celebrity names that are most actively abused by malicious attackers in order to attract legitimate traffic to their malicious sites.

September 17, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Targeted malware attack against U.S schools intercepted

Timing is everything, and from a cybercriminal's perspective, a new school year means segmenting their email databases to launch a targeted attack welcoming everyone back online. According to MessageLabs Intelligence :"Starting in early September, MessageLabs intercepted a targeted, email-borne malware attack on US schools and government organizations, a majority of which are located in New Mexico, Virginia, Illinois and Hawaii.

September 17, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Google downplays Chrome's carpet-bombing flaw

In a recent Q&A with Google's Brian Rakowski, Philipp Lenssen asked him a question in regard to Chrome's carpet-bombing flaw. Not surprising, considering that Apple refused to admit Safari's carpet-bombing flaw at the first place, Google is too, downplaying it  :"Lenssen: There are ways to make Chrome automatically download a file without the user confirming this (at least using Chrome’s default options).

September 16, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Apple mega-patch covers 34 Mac OS X security issues

Apple has shipped another mega-update to address security vulnerabilities affecting Mac OS X users, warning that the most serious issues could lead to arbitrary code execution attacks.The update, available for Tiger and Leopard, addresses a total of 34 documented vulnerabilities, some in third-party components like ClamAV, BIND, OpenSSH and Ruby.

September 15, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Facebook introducing new security warning feature

With Facebook persistently under attacks from phishers and malware authors, looking for creative ways to efficiently exploit its users base, Facebook's security team has silently introduced a new "security warning feature" alerting its users on the potential maliciousness of the third-party site they are about to visit. Is the newly introduced featured a PR move, and how applicable is this approach during an ongoing attack?

September 15, 2008 by Dancho Danchev