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

Another online poker site caught cheating: UltimateBet

MSNBC outed Ultimate Bet last week as being under investigation for enabling certain users to cheat their regulars out of tens of millions of dollars. The cheat involved allowing certain customers were able to view the hole cards of opponents.

September 23, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


Talkback Tuesday: Webmail Security

I am going to devote one post a week to responding to recent user comments. It is the least I can do for those of you who write thoughtful responses to my posts.

September 23, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


McAfee buys CipherTr-- err, Secure Computing

Like every other red-blooded American I take a quick peak at my collapsing retirement and savings portfolios in the morning just to give me that extra kick to head into the office. So I pull up Google Finance to see Secure Computing (SCUR) is, up some 23%, one of the big movers for the day.

September 22, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


Webmail providers can fix Palin hack-style problems

One of the most important questions we should be asking ourselves in light of the Palin webmail hack discussed at length here, here and here is how it could have been prevented. There are several software techniques that I can think of off the top of my head that would help webmail prevent malicious password reset attacks.

September 21, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


"Papa Bear"'s take on the Palin Hack

Thanks to Dan at the Register and Mark at BoingBoing, I found this little gem in my RSS reader this morning. Bill O'Reilly is attempting to understand the liabilities faced by news organizations that report on improperly obtained data.

September 20, 2008 by Adam O'Donnell


Adobe moves to nuke 'clipboard hijack' attacks

Adobe has announced plans to modify the next version of its Flash Player to use an "allow/deny" system to mitigate clipboard hijack attacks.The change will be fitted into the final version of Flash Player 10 to demand user interaction when a Shockwave (.

September 19, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Apple security not ready for enterprise prime-time

Guest editorial by Andrew StormsLast week Apple proved that they are not ready for prime time enterprise relationships.Apple has tried to position the iPhone as enterprise-ready, but this last round of software updates demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt how far they have to go to understand the enterprise mentality.

September 19, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Attacker: Hacking Sarah Palin's email was easy

A college student identified as Rubico has claimed responsibility for hacking into Sarah Palin's personal email, and provided a detailed 1st person account of how he hacked into the email account using the password "popcorn" which he managed to reset by successfully answering her security question “Where did you meet your spouse?

September 18, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Norwegian BitTorrent tracker under DDoS attack

Norway's largest BitTorrent tracker Norbits ( with approximately 10,000 users, is currently under a DDoS attack launched from a group known as MORRADi, which is also speculating that it has managed to compromise the tracker and is threatening to release personal details of its users including IPs, until the tracker is closed :"In an NFO file obtained by IT-Avisen, a group called MORRADi takes responsibility for the attack on Norbits.

September 18, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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