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

Black Hat Las Vegas Day 1

Well, this is well late, but here's my recap of Black Hat Day 1. Sorry for the delay, but I've been terribly busy finishing up preparations for my Day 2 talk.

August 8, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


CNET's Clientside developer blog serving Adobe Flash exploits

Yesterday, Websense Labs issued an alert regarding a compromised CNET blog, namely the Clientside developer blog which has been embedded with a malicious javascript code attempting to exploit the visitors through a well known vulnerability in Adobe Flash's player. Websense's alert :"Websense Security Labs ThreatSeeker Network has discovered that a CNET Networks site has been compromised.

August 7, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Talking Firefox security with Mozilla's Window Snyder

LAS VEGAS -- Mozilla security chief Window Snyder wants to open-source much more than the Firefox browser.During a sit-down chat at the Black Hat security conference here, Snyder announced plans to launch three new initiatives around threat modeling, training and vulnerability metrics that push the envelope around sharing and collaborating with the rest of the industry.

August 6, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Fake CNN news items malware campaign spreading rapidly

A currently active malware campaign taking advantage of a known social engineering tactic, namely, to entice the spammed user into clicking on a site with a fake news item in order to trick them into installing a fake Flash player (flashupdate.exe; get_flash_update.

August 6, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Today's assignment : Coding an undetectable malware

Today's dynamic Internet threatscape is changing so rapidly, that the innovations and creativity applied by malware authors can easily render an information security course's curricular on malware outdated pretty fast, or worse, provide the students with a false feeling of situational awareness about today's malware that's driving the entire cybercrime ecosystem at the end of the day.

August 5, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Microsoft makes daring vulnerability sharing move

LAS VEGAS -- Starting in October, Microsoft will start sharing details on software vulnerabilities with security vendors ahead of Patch Tuesday under a daring new program aimed at reducing the window of exposure to hacker attacks.

August 4, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Adobe: Beware of fake Flash downloads

Amidst confirmed reports that malicious hackers are starting to use fake Flash Player downloads as social engineering lures for malware, Adobe has issued a call-to-arms for users to validate installers before downloading software updates.The company's notice comes on the heels of malware attacks on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter that attempt to trick Windows users into installing a Flash Player update that turns out to be a malicious executable.

August 4, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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