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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Stanford University data breach leaks sensitive information of approximately 62,000 employees

A data breach resulting from a stolen laptop has leaked sensitive information including Social Security Numbers of approximately 62,000 (as reported by Stanford University) former and current Standford University employees.  The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a site devoted to the collection of data breach information, reports this number as 72,000, and I'm not positive which is more accurate at this time.

June 23, 2008 by Nathan McFeters

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How Snow Leopard can save Mac OS X from malware attacks

Guest Editorial by Dino Dai ZoviAs reported by Intego and Matasano Security, a new local privilege escalation vulnerability has been found that gives local root access on Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard.While Intego calls this a critical vulnerability, I'm mostly with Matasano's Thomas Ptacek on this one where I am saying this vulnerability is not nearly that serious.

June 23, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Demo exploits posted for unpatched MS Word vulnerability

A security researcher has released demo exploits for what appears to be a critical --  unpatched -- memory corruption vulnerability affecting the ubiquitous Microsoft Word software program.The proof-of-concept exploits accompany a warning that the flaw affects Microsoft Office 2000 and Microsoft Office 2003.

June 23, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Researcher keeps 'carpet bomb' attack alive, despite patch

Security research Billy Rios posted an article today about the Apple Safari "Carpet Bomb" attack, discussing a new issue that, despite the patch which prevented a "blended" remote command execution attack when Safari was used in conjunction with IE on a Windows system, keeps the "Carpet Bomb" attack alive and well.

June 20, 2008 by Nathan McFeters

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Apple security team finds code execution holes in Ruby

A member of Apple's security team has discovered multiple serious security vulnerabilities in Ruby, the popular open-source scripting language.According to an advisory on the Ruby project site, Apple's Drew Yao reported at least six of the vulnerabilities, which can be exploited to cause a denial-of-service  condition or the execution of arbitrary code.

June 20, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Phishers targeting Facebook users, fake logins spammed through hacked accounts

A currently active phishing campaign is circulating across Facebook end users' walls, using already compromised accounts to post the phishing links, tricking the user into thinking it's a legitimate friend sending the message in order to redirect them to a fake login page. The campaign is taking advantage of multiple typosquatted domains which are in a fast-flux state, namely, they respond to multiple IP addresses and change them automatically every three minutes in this particular attack.

June 20, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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Free Sourcefire tool pinpoints hostile MS Office files

Sourcefire, the company behind the popular Snort intrusion detection system, has released a freeware utility to help identify potentially threatening Microsoft Office files.The tool, called OfficeCat, can be used to process Microsoft Office documents -- Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher -- determine if possible exploit conditions exist.

June 20, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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