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

New Gpcode (encryption) ransomware speading via botnet

There are confirmed reports on a new version of the Gpcode ransomware being spread via a botnet.According to Vitaly Kamluk of Kaspersky Lab (my employer), the Trojan encrypts files on an infected machine (AES-256) and leaves a text file named crypted.

August 13, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Microsoft plugs IE, Office in big patch haul

Microsoft patched 26 vulnerabilities with its latest patch including 20 flaws that were deemed critical.Here's the rundown of critical flaws (full bulletin):CVE-2008-2254, CVE-2008-2255, CVE-2008-2256, CVE-2008-2257, CVE-2008-2259 and CVE-2008-2258: These patches fix IE 5 through 7 on various flavors of Windows and address HTML objects memory corruption vulnerabilities as well as memory corruption issues.

August 12, 2008 by


Google releases open-source crypto toolkit

Google's security team has released an open-source cryptographic toolkit aimed at making it easier and safer for developers to use cryptography in their applications.The toolkit, called KeyCzar, was originally developed by Steve Weis (Google) and Arkajit Dey (MIT) and is available under an Apache 2.

August 11, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Coordinated Russia vs Georgia cyber attack in progress

In the wake of the Russian-Georgian conflict, a week worth of speculations around Russian Internet forums have finally materialized into a coordinated cyber attack against Georgia's Internet infrastructure. The attacks have already managed to compromise several government web sites, with continuing DDoS attacks against numerous other Georgian government sites, prompting the government to switch to hosting locations to the U.

August 11, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Saying Farewell

It's been a great handful of months here at ZDNet, but I'm deciding to say goodbye to the blogging scene.  I'm already really busy with my primary job, and at this point I want to slow the work load down a good deal and just enjoy life.

August 11, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


Black Hat Las Vegas Day 1

Well, this is well late, but here's my recap of Black Hat Day 1. Sorry for the delay, but I've been terribly busy finishing up preparations for my Day 2 talk.

August 8, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


CNET's Clientside developer blog serving Adobe Flash exploits

Yesterday, Websense Labs issued an alert regarding a compromised CNET blog, namely the Clientside developer blog which has been embedded with a malicious javascript code attempting to exploit the visitors through a well known vulnerability in Adobe Flash's player. Websense's alert :"Websense Security Labs ThreatSeeker Network has discovered that a CNET Networks site has been compromised.

August 7, 2008 by Dancho Danchev