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

Remote code execution flaw in VLC Media Player

Researchers at Secunia have found a "highly critical" vulnerability that puts users of the cross-platform VLC Media Player at risk of remote code execution attacks.The vulnerability is confirmed in version 0.

July 2, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Anti-malware blocker, cross-site scripting protections coming in IE 8

When Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 hits the Beta 2 milestone in August, the browser makeover will feature a full-fledged anti-malware blocker and new protections against some forms of cross-site scripting attacks.The existing phishing filter IE 7 has been renamed SmartScreen Filter and will include blacklist-based blocking of known exploit sites.

July 2, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Sony PlayStation's site SQL injected, redirecting to rogue security software

The latest high trafficked web site to fall victim into the continuing waves of massive SQL injection attacks courtesy of copycats and the ASProx botnet, is Sony's PlayStation U.S site according to a recent post at SophosLabs's blog :"Researchers at IT security firm Sophos have warned lovers of video games that pages on the US-based Sony PlayStation website have been compromised by hackers.

July 2, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Blizzard introducing two-factor authentication for WoW gamers

Password stealing malware targeting popular MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft for instance, has become so prevalent, that video game developers are taking their authentication model a step further, by introducing two-factor authentication into play. And while marketable, is the new authentication layer actually useful in a real life situation?

July 1, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Google ships open-source Web security assessment tool

The Google security team has released a free, open-source Web app security assessment tool capable of flagging vulnerabilities and potential security threats in Internet-facing applications.The tool, called Ratproxy, is described as a passive Web application security audit tool designed to analyze legitimate, browser-driven interactions with tested Web applications -- to automatically pinpoint, annotate, and prioritize potential flaws or areas of concern on the fly.

July 1, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Study: 637 million Google users surfing with insecure browser

According to a new study from researchers at Google, IBM and ETH Zurich, there are about 637 million Google users surfing the Internet with a vulnerable Web browser.Using data from Google search queries and security vulnerability aggregator Secunia, the study (HTML or PDF) found that a whopping 45 percent of Google users "were not using the most secure Web browser version on any working day from January 2007 to June 2008.

July 1, 2008 by Ryan Naraine