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

Spam coming from free email providers increasing

After analyzing three weeks of spam data between June 13 to July 3, 2008, Roaring Penguin Software Inc. found evidence that spam originating from the top three free email providers (Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Hotmail) is increasing, with spammers in favor of abusing Gmail's privacy preserving feature of not including the sender's original IP in outgoing emails :"Spammers are increasingly using free e-mail providers to avoid IP address-based reputation systems.

July 18, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Romanian authorities arrest cybercrime suspects

Well, eight days, and a joint effort to help prevent phishing and two major arrests related to identity theft, and I feel like we've made a decent attack on the identity theft culture. Score one for the good guys for once.

July 17, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


Unpatched code execution bug haunts BlackBerry

Security alerts aggregator Secunia has raised an alarm for a "highly critical" vulnerability that puts users of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server at risk of code execution attacks.Technical details of bug are not available but Secunia says it is caused by an unspecified error in the BlackBerry Attachment Service when processing PDF files.

July 17, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Ringleader of cybercrime group to be offered a job as cybercrime fighter

Owen Thor Walker, a 18 years old ringleader of an international cybercrime group, known as AKILL, part of the A-Team, a group of 8 script kiddies which were all caught in a operation called "Operation Bot Roast II" bust executed by the FBI and several international law enforcement agencies in 2007, responsible for pump'n'dump stock price manipulations through spam, infecting 1.

July 16, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Big Brother Getting Bigger Part 2: United Kingdom

In a move to bring direct competition to the US on who can be the bigger, badder, more blatant Big Brother, the United Kingdom has apparently decided to create a database holding the telephone numbers and email accounts of everyone in Britain.  The details of every phone conversation, SMS, and email, as well as cellphone internet traffic would be held in the database for 12 months.

July 16, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


Kaminsky to discuss DNS flaw at Black Hat sponsored webcast

The Black Hat group on Twitter provided a message today alerting people to a webcast to be put on by Dan Kaminsky on the DNS vulnerabilities that I've heavily covered as follows: Dan Kaminsky breaks DNS, massive multi-vendor patch coming, details at Black Hat Vegas '08 Kaminsky and Ptacek comment on DNS flaw Don't doubt Deputy DanThe story has also received extensive coverage over at Securosis, where Rich Mogull has provided a podcast on the subject.

July 15, 2008 by Nathan McFeters