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

Talkback Tuesday: Mobile Malware

Last week I wrote two posts about why I was not concerned about mobile malware right now, but I expected mobile malware to become a problem in the near future. There were several responses to the two posts, including the following:Phatkat writes: Most crackers (hackers gone bad) are doing this for monetary gain so like most people want to put the minimal amount effort to get the maximum gain.

October 6, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


iPhone hits another security speedbump

Apple's ongoing struggles with poor security-related design choices have extended to the iPhone.  According to security researcher Aviv Raff, everyone's favorite mobile device is vulnerable to two separate security weaknesses that expose millions of users to phishing and spamming attacks.

October 6, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Dropping the iPhone NDA is good for security

Last week Apple lifted their NDA on iPhone developers, freeing them to discuss amongst themselves how to properly build applications. This decision is a "good thing" for not just applications but also application security on the iPhone.

October 5, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


Cybercriminals syndicating Google Trends keywords to serve malware

In an underground ecosystem that is anything but old fashioned when it comes to abusing legitimate web services, cybecriminals have started exploiting the traffic momentum, and by monitoring the peak traffic for popular search queries using Google's Trends, are syndicating the keywords in order to acquire the traffic and direct it to malware serving blogs primarily hosted at Windows Live's Spaces.

October 2, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Well, I do actually worry (about mobile viruses)

In response to Kaspersky's statement that they were concerned about mobile malware, I provided a flurry of reasons why mobile malware epidemics don't occur today. This may not be the case in the near future, however, as changes in the handset space is making the creation of malware far more attractive.

October 2, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell

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44% of second hand mobile devices still contain sensitive data

According to a recent research conducted by BT, the Edith Cowan University, and the University of Glamorgan (Wales), 44% of the 160 second-hand devices that they tested, still contained sensitive data such as bank accounts, board meetings, business plans, and financial data.

September 30, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Infamous vendor of "AntiVirus XP" badware sued

The software purveyor behind AntiVirus XP, a fake anti-virus package, has been sued and will hopefully be put out of business.There has been plenty of information available on this organization for some time, yet unsuspecting consumers continue to hand over their own money for what amounts to malware.

September 30, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell