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

The Last PHP 4

The PHP Group has shipped the last and final patch in the PHP 4.4 series.

August 13, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


VMware blames stray code for 'time bomb' hiccup

VMware boss Paul Maritz is blaming "a piece of code" mistakenly left in the final release of ESX for the time-bomb hiccup that crippled virtual machines around the world.In a message posted online, Maritz said the glitch caused a license expiration hiccup that caused virtual machines to be powered off, suspended fail or disrupted migration.

August 13, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


New Gpcode (encryption) ransomware speading via botnet

There are confirmed reports on a new version of the Gpcode ransomware being spread via a botnet.According to Vitaly Kamluk of Kaspersky Lab (my employer), the Trojan encrypts files on an infected machine (AES-256) and leaves a text file named crypted.

August 13, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Microsoft plugs IE, Office in big patch haul

Microsoft patched 26 vulnerabilities with its latest patch including 20 flaws that were deemed critical.Here's the rundown of critical flaws (full bulletin):CVE-2008-2254, CVE-2008-2255, CVE-2008-2256, CVE-2008-2257, CVE-2008-2259 and CVE-2008-2258: These patches fix IE 5 through 7 on various flavors of Windows and address HTML objects memory corruption vulnerabilities as well as memory corruption issues.

August 12, 2008 by


Google releases open-source crypto toolkit

Google's security team has released an open-source cryptographic toolkit aimed at making it easier and safer for developers to use cryptography in their applications.The toolkit, called KeyCzar, was originally developed by Steve Weis (Google) and Arkajit Dey (MIT) and is available under an Apache 2.

August 11, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Coordinated Russia vs Georgia cyber attack in progress

In the wake of the Russian-Georgian conflict, a week worth of speculations around Russian Internet forums have finally materialized into a coordinated cyber attack against Georgia's Internet infrastructure. The attacks have already managed to compromise several government web sites, with continuing DDoS attacks against numerous other Georgian government sites, prompting the government to switch to hosting locations to the U.

August 11, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Saying Farewell

It's been a great handful of months here at ZDNet, but I'm deciding to say goodbye to the blogging scene.  I'm already really busy with my primary job, and at this point I want to slow the work load down a good deal and just enjoy life.

August 11, 2008 by Nathan McFeters