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Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that includes ABC News and the Wall Street Journal. She has authored and edited award-winning, best selling books in eight translations and has been a sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She has given keynote talks at such conferences as ETech, LeWeb, and the Forbes Brand Leadership Conference, and has given two Tech Talks at Google. In 2010, the London Times named Blue one of “40 bloggers who really count.” Ms. Blue is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet Blue bio courtesy of TTI Vanguard.

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Microsoft fits 7 patches into .ANI emergency update

Microsoft fits 7 patches into .ANI emergency update

Microsoft's out-of-band update for the critical -- and under attack -- animated cursor (.ani) vulnerability has finally  crossed the finish line, one week ahead of Redmond's own schedule but more than three months after it was first reported by a private security research company.

April 3, 2007 by in Microsoft

eEye fires CEO Ross Brown

eEye fires CEO Ross Brown

eEye Digital Security has shaken up its top management, firing chief executive officer Ross Brown less than six months after promoting him to the top slot.Kamal Arafeh, who previously managed eEye's sales operations, will be the new CEO.

April 2, 2007 by in CXO

Sana Security gets $12M, new CEO

Sana Security gets $12M, new CEO

Sana Security has scooped up $12 million in a fifth round of funding and hired telco crash survivor Don Listwin to take over the corner office. Sana, which excels at behavior blocking software, is banking on the new CEO to find new customers for its Active Malware Defense Technology and figure out an exit strategy in a very tricky security market.

April 2, 2007 by in Security

JavaScript bug-hunting tool leaks out

JavaScript bug-hunting tool leaks out

The source code for Billy Hoffman's Jitko has leaked out onto the Internet.Hoffman was due to release the code for the JavaScript bug hunting tool at SchmooCon last month but after "higher-ups" and Spi Dynamics "change their minds," the tool was withheld from attendees.

April 2, 2007 by in Open Source

Week of Windows Vista bugs?

Week of Windows Vista bugs?

On the Full Disclosure mailing list comes this announcement from a group of anonymous security researchers: During one week (2007-04-02/08), new undisclosed vulnerabilities / flaws / exploitation techniques discovered in the latest versions of the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system and softwares will be publicly disclosed on this page. This project is launched as a challenge by an unofficial team of security experts.

March 30, 2007 by in Security

Trojan masquerades as IE 7 downloads

Trojan masquerades as IE 7 downloads

Spammers are using fake Internet Explorer 7 (Beta 2) downloads to lure Windows users into downloading a nasty backdoor Trojan.The fake downloads are part of a massive spam run that includes an official-looking graphic (see image below) linked to Web sites that auto-launch an executable named "ie7.

March 29, 2007 by in Security

Exploit published for gaping (patched) IE hole

Exploit published for gaping (patched) IE hole

If you haven't applied the "critical" patch in Microsoft's MS07-009 bulletin, now might be a good time to hit that download-and-install button.Detailed exploit code for the vulnerability -- discovered during HD Moore's MOBB (month of browser bugs) project and fixed on Patch Tuesday in February -- has surfaced on the Internet, offering malware authors step-by-step instructions on how to launch PC takeover attacks.

March 26, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

Microsoft to 'killbit' MSXML4

Microsoft to 'killbit' MSXML4

Less than six months after the discovery of zero-day attacks against Microsoft XML Core Services 4.0, Microsoft plans to "killbit" MSXML4 and completely remove the XML parser from its download center.

March 26, 2007 by in Security

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