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

Matasano ships Web-based firewall manager

The firewall is one of the few security tools that has been proven to be very effective at improving a company's security posture.  However, staying on top of policies  -- and responding to change requests -- while trying to manage multiple firewalls from different vendors can be a never-ending nightmare for IT admins.

July 2, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


300 Lithuanian sites hacked by Russian hackers

A recently accepted legislation in Lithuania banning communist symbols across Lithuania, has prompted Pro-Russian hackers to start defacing Lithuanian sites, an indication of the upcoming attack was detected last week with active discussions around Russian forums greatly reminding us of the Russia vs Estonia cyberattack sparkled due to the removal of a Red Army memorial from the capital Tallinn.

July 2, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Tiller Beauchamp on the Recon 2008 conference

Guest Editorial by Tiller BeauchampEarlier this month I had the opportunity to present RE:Trace at the Recon conference, a reverse engineering conference held every other year in Montreal, Canada.  The conference consisted of three days of training and three days of talks in a single track.

July 2, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


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