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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IE 8: Cross scripting defense a double-edged sword

Update: As most of the tech world knows, IE 8 has landed with its first beta, but the security improvements may raise some other issues to ponder.Folks--especially security researchers--are kicking the tires on IE 8 (all resources) and finding a few problems that go along with Microsoft's protection enhancements.

March 13, 2008 by


Microsoft delivers 12 patches to plug Office; 7 for Excel flaws

Microsoft on Tuesday delivered several patches to fix critical vulnerabilities in Office including a well-publicized Excel flaw.In the first bulletin (MS08-014), Microsoft addressed "several privately reported and publicly reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Excel that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Excel file.

March 11, 2008 by


Sun releases patch to address a number of serious vulnerabilities

Sun released an update today to cover numerous vulnerabilities within the JDK/JRE.The following vulnerabilities were reported as patched:Two security vulnerabilities in the Java Runtime Environment Virtual Machine may independently allow an untrusted application or applet that is downloaded from a website to elevate its privileges.

March 7, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


Hackers for charity group puts tech skills to work for a cause

Well, this may be old news to some, as Johnny Long is pretty well known for his Google hacking exploits, but I thought it was worth bringing up again as it was news to me. In July of 2007, Johnny started a group called "Hackers for Charity", with the goal of applying the skills of the hacking community to charitable organizations that need those skills.

March 7, 2008 by Nathan McFeters