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

Speculation over possible Skype backdoor

There's growing speculation coming out of Europe that there's a backdoor in Skype that allows remote eavesdropping of telephone conversations.A report in the reputable Heise Online says the issue was discussed at a meeting with ISPs last month where high-ranking officials at the Austrian interior ministry claims "it is not a problem for them to listen in on Skype conversations.

July 24, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Apple looking to hire iPhone hacker

Apple is in the market for someone capable of hacking into the iPhone.According to this job listing, the company is looking for an iPhone Security Engineer capable of, among other things, developing "proof of concept" attacks on the device's current security mechanisms.

July 24, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


|)ruid and HD Moore release part 2 of DNS exploit

[Updated 07/24/2008: Gallery images of diffs of code revisions has been included and will be updated as things change, see here.]Earlier today, noted researchers |)ruid and HD Moore released exploit code for the Metasploit tool for attacking the DNS flaw that was originally reported by Dan Kaminsky.

July 23, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


Attack code published for DNS flaw

The urgency to patch Dan Kaminsky's DNS cache poisoning vulnerability just went up a few notches.Exploit code for the flaw, which allows the insertion of malicious DNS records into the cache of the target nameserver, has been added to Metasploit, a freely distributed attack/pen-testing tool.

July 23, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


'Spam King' escapes from federal prison

[ UPDATE:  Davidson was found dead, involved in an apparent murder-suicide that involved his wife and 3-year-old daughter. ] Edward "Eddie" Davidson, a notorious e-mail spammer who was sentenced to jail time in April, has escaped from a federal prison camp in Florence, Colorado.

July 23, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


iPhone vulnerable to phishing, spamming flaws

Security researcher Aviv Raff (left) has discovered a pair of basic design flaws that could turn your iPhone into easy bait for malicious phishing and spamming attacks.According to an advisory from Raff, the iPhone's Mail and Safari applications are susceptible to a URL Spoofing vulnerability which allow attackers to conduct phishing attacks.

July 23, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Researchers borrow from Google PageRank for network defense service

Using a link analysis algorithm similar to Google PageRank, researchers at the SANS Institute and SRI International have created a new Internet network defense service that completely revamps the way network blacklists are formulated and distributed.The service, called Highly Predictive Blacklisting (.

July 23, 2008 by Ryan Naraine