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

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Visa, banks to test real-time fraud alerts

Credit card giant Visa is teaming up with with eight North American banks to deliver fraud alerts in real-time via SMS (text messages) and e-mails to cell phones.The pilot program will allow about 2,000 Visa cardholders to set thresholds that will trigger an immediate transaction alert to a mobile device.

August 20, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


SpamZa - opt in spamming service fighting to remain online

A recently launched unethical spam list building service called SpamZa, is fighting to remain online after providing highly successful (87 spam emails in 8 minutes) into fulfilling its objective, namely, to sign up any email submitted to hundreds of newsletters anonymously.What is SpamZa anyway?

August 19, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Scammers caught backdooring chip and PIN terminals

The U.K's Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPU) have recently uncovered state of the art social engineering scheme, where once backdoored, chip and PIN terminals were installed at retailers and petrol stations in an attempt to steal the credit card details passing through.

August 19, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Android security team appeals to hackers

Already burned by the discovery of serious security vulnerabilities in its SDK, the Android Security Team emerged from the shadows this week with an appeal to the security community for help fixing flaws in the Linux-based mobile platform.In a note posted to several public mailing lists, the open-source group published a detailed FAQ covering its security philosophy and process and made a direct request for hackers to use responsible disclosure (.

August 19, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


China busts hacking ring, managed to penetrate 10 gov't databases

If you needed a university certificate in China during the last couple of months, there's a big chance that a group of ten people could have supplied with you such, going a step further and adding your details in more than ten government databases across different provinces in the country, making $300k in the process.Shanghai Daily is reporting on this sophisticated group of local hackers who were selling "valid" educational certificates by modifying government databases.

August 19, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Fortune 500 companies use of email spoofing countermeasures declining

Here's a paradox - a technology originally meant to verify the sender of an email message for the sake of preventing spoofed messages from reaching the network, still hasn't been embraced by the world's biggest companies despite being around for years, but is actively used by adaptive spammers increasingly abusing legitimate services in order to take advantage of their identifiable email reputations.

August 18, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


DEFCON 16: List of tools and stuff released

 Guest editorial by Rob FullerDEFCON, the 9000+ attendee hacker conference in Vegas has become a sort of hydra conference. It has become more like a global fair than what most people think of conferences; even the badge is highly unique.

August 18, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


uTorrent silently patches critical vulnerability

If uTorrent is the client you use to download files, now might be a good time to hit that "check for updates" button.According to security alerts aggregator Secunia, there's a "highly critical" uTorrent vulnerability that could allow remote code execution attacks with rigged .

August 18, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Adobe Flash ads launching clipboard hijack attack

Malicious hackers are using booby-trapped Flash banner ads to hijack clipboards for use in rogue security software attacks.In the Web attacks, which target Mac, Windows and Linux users running Firefox, IE and Safari, hackers are seizing control of the machine's clipboard and using a hard-to-delete URL that points to a fake anti-virus program.

August 18, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


From Metasploit to Microsoft: Skape goes to Redmond

Metasploit developer Matt Miller, who for years frustrated Microsoft officials with the public release of Windows exploits, is heading to Redmond to join Microsoft's Security Science team.Miller, who uses the hacker moniker Skape,will work on improved ways to find security vulnerabilities and better software defenses through mitigations, according to an announcement by SDL guru Michael Howard.

August 18, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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