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

MS Patch Tuesday: 8 critical security holes patched

Microsoft shipped four high-priority security bulletins today with patches for at least eight code execution vulnerabilities affecting millions of Windows computer users.The September Patch Tuesday updates, all rated "critical," correct security flaws in the Windows Media Player, the Windows Media Encoder, Microsoft Office and the Microsoft Windows GDI+ (graphics device interface).

September 9, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Google patches 'critical' Chrome code execution flaws

The first security patch for Google's new Chrome browser is out, fixing at least two "critical" vulnerabilities that put Windows users at risk of code execution attacks.[ SEE: Google Chrome vulnerable to carpet-bombing flaw ]The patch, which is rolled out automatically via Chrome's auto-update feature, also addresses two additional security vulnerabilities -- the carpet-bombing issue and a denial-of-service flaw that could lead to browser crashes and data loss.

September 8, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Spammers are social, too

If you have a social networking account, you are aware that spam has moved to that media. Each social network is scrambling to deploy technologies and policies to prevent spam from becoming as endemic their platforms as it is in the e-mail space.

September 8, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


DDoS + Web 2.0 == Buckets o' traffic

Denial of Service attacks are based upon a simple idea: generate the maximum amount of traffic using the minimum amount of work. At one time this was as simple as sending a spoofed ICMP echo packet to a broadcast address or similar shenanigans.

September 5, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


Google Chrome vulnerabilities starting to pile up

[ UPDATE: See below for Google's official response to these issues ] Security vulnerabilities in the new Google Chrome browser are beginning to pile up.Following our coverage of the carpet bombing combo threat and denial-of-service crashes, several readers have sent pointers to Chrome exploit code floating around the Web:First up is an automatic file download bug found by researchers in the Ukraine.

September 5, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Demo Facebook app creates DoS botnet

Do you know what that innocent-looking Facebook app is really doing?Researchers at the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) have created a proof-of-concept Facebook application capable of covertly herding users of the popular social network into a powerful -- and malicious -- botnet.

September 5, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Malware and spam attacks exploiting Picasa and ImageShack

In the wake of the recent malvertising attacks where malicious flash ads were appearing at trusted web sites, evidence from multiple vendors and researchers indicates that spammers and malware authors have once again switched tactics, and are one again abusing legitimate services such as Google's Picasa and ImageShack.

September 4, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Critical WMP, MS Office bugs on Patch Tuesday swat list

Microsoft today announced plans to ship four security bulletins next Tuesday (September 9, 2008) to cover worm holes affecting Windows users.All four bulletins in September's Patch Tuesday will be rated "critical," Microsoft's highest severity rating.

September 4, 2008 by Ryan Naraine