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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Microsoft blames 'human issues' for Bluetooth patch hiccup

Microsoft has re-released its critical MS08-030 bulletin for Windows XP SP2 and SP3 users, warning that "two separate human issues" caused a major hiccup with the critical security patch.The original version of the patch, which corrects a remote code execution flaw in the Windows Bluetooth stack, failed to properly fix the vulnerability for Windows XP users, according to Christopher Budd, a program manager in the MSRC (Microsoft Security Response Center).

June 19, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Security breach hits DivShare, unauthorized access to its database

The popular document and media sharing service DivShare, suffered a security breach according to a security announcement posted by DivShare's support team earlier this week :Late last night we were alerted of a security breach that allowed a malicious user to access our database, which included user e-mail addresses and other basic profile information. No financial information has been accessed by any unauthorized parties.

June 19, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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2008 Pwnie Awards

Don't forget to go and vote on the Pwnie Awards, which will happen at Black Hat Vegas again this year.  I don't want to campaign for votes, but I wouldn't be pissed if some of my loyal readers out there voted for me, Billy Rios, Rob Carter, and John Heasman and some of our interesting research that I've presented here on the blog.

June 19, 2008 by Nathan McFeters

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China detains web site defacer spreading earthquake rumors

The Xinhua news agency is reporting that the web site defacer which I mentioned in a previous post regarding the use of web site defacements as tools for psychological operations, has been located and detained in less than a week after he defaced the Seismic Emergency and Public Center of the Guangxi province where he left a fake message on an upcoming earthquake that's going to hit China.

June 18, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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A security company wants you to DDoS its servers

"There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary" - Brendan Behan. Ypigsfly, a company describing itself as a group of seasoned veterans of the Internet network infrastructure business, has just launched Killthisbox.

June 18, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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Code execution vulnerability found in Firefox 3.0

It's not all about world records for Firefox 3.0.Just hours after the official release of the latest refresh of Mozilla's flagship browser, an unnamed researcher has sold a critical code execution vulnerability that puts millions of Firefox3.

June 18, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Finjan uncovers half a gigabyte of stolen data on crimeware servers

Finjan's Malicious Code Research Center has uncovered a half of gigabyte of stolen data from US Healthcare organizations and from a major airline on crimeware servers in Argentina and Malaysia.A representative of Finjan stated:"Hackers incorporated sophisticated attacks using crimeware toolkits, Trojans, and Command and Control servers to drive traffic from a specific region with specific characteristics.

June 17, 2008 by Nathan McFeters

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Photobucket's DNS records hijacked by Turkish hacking group

Yesterday, Photobucket the world's most popular photo sharing site according to Hitwise had its DNS records hijacked to return a hacked page courtesy of the NetDevilz hacking group, a Turkish web site defacement group most widely known for its defacement of the adult video site Redtube earlier this year.

June 17, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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Fresh off the press: iPhoneDbg toolkit hotness

The guys at Core Security just released an iPhoneDbg toolkit that should make exploit development for the iPhone much easier.  This is outstanding news for all, as I think there has been a lot of concern over the quick rise of mobile devices and the new security concerns that they create.

June 17, 2008 by Nathan McFeters

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