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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Tech heavyweights launch security response consortium

Interesting bit of news coming out of the FIRST Conference in Vancouver today:  Five big-name IT firms have created a non-profit consortium aimed at "proactively driving excellence and innovation in security response."The group -- called ICASI (Industry Consortium for Advancement of Security on the Internet) -- counts Cisco, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks and Microsoft Corp among its founding members.

June 26, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Zero-day flaw haunts Internet Explorer

An unpatched cross-domain vulnerability in Microsoft's flagship Internet Explorer browser could expose Windows users to cookie hijacks and credentials theft attacks, according to a warning from security researchers.The zero-day flaw, which has been reported to Microsoft, is a variation of Eduardo Vela's IE Ghost Busters talk:Do you believe in ghosts?

June 25, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Yahoo swats serious cross-site scripting bug

Web application security firm Cenzic has flagged a serious cross-site scripting vulnerability affecting millions of Yahoo Mail users.The flaw, which was patched by Yahoo on June 13,  opened the door for hackers to steal Yahoo identities and gain access to users' sensitive and private information.

June 24, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Another Trojan hits Mac OS X

From a Slashdot article posted by "kdawson", written by "Don't Believe in Imaginary Property": "F-Secure is reporting that there are two new Mac OS X trojans. The first is just a proof-of-concept from the MacShadows people that takes advantage of the unpatched ARDAgent vulnerability to get root access when run by the user.

June 24, 2008 by Nathan McFeters

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AV in the cloud... wait, what?

So, in a move that I can't currently understand, Trend Micro CEO Eva Chen has thrown out some buzz words claiming that they will move their anti-virus software into the cloud.  Wait...

June 24, 2008 by Nathan McFeters

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How does Apple get away with this badware behavior?

As part of my work testing exploits for the recent Safari "carpet-bombing" issue -- and the combo-threat to Windows users -- I installed Apple's flagship browser on a brand-new Windows XP machine.The installation came with Apple's automatic software updater, a very valuable tool to automate patch management for end users.

June 24, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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