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

Another Trojan hits Mac OS X

From a Slashdot article posted by "kdawson", written by "Don't Believe in Imaginary Property": "F-Secure is reporting that there are two new Mac OS X trojans. The first is just a proof-of-concept from the MacShadows people that takes advantage of the unpatched ARDAgent vulnerability to get root access when run by the user.

June 24, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


AV in the cloud... wait, what?

So, in a move that I can't currently understand, Trend Micro CEO Eva Chen has thrown out some buzz words claiming that they will move their anti-virus software into the cloud.  Wait...

June 24, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


How does Apple get away with this badware behavior?

As part of my work testing exploits for the recent Safari "carpet-bombing" issue -- and the combo-threat to Windows users -- I installed Apple's flagship browser on a brand-new Windows XP machine.The installation came with Apple's automatic software updater, a very valuable tool to automate patch management for end users.

June 24, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Spam attack shut downs Marshall Islands email service

Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority is reporting that a sustained spamming attack during the past 24 hours managed to cause a successful Denial of Service attack on the email services of the islands only Internet Service Provider. More info on the attack : More than 18 hours after the initial attack Tuesday incoming email service to the monopoly provider had still not been restored.

June 24, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Adobe ships critical PDF Reader, Acrobat patch

Adobe has shipped a critical update to patch a code execution vulnerability affecting multiple versions of its Reader and Acrobat products.According to Adobe's advisory, the flaw "could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

June 24, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


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


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