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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Samba dinged by 'highly critical' flaw

Researchers at Secunia have flagged a "highly critical" vulnerability in Samba, the widely deployed open-source software for networked file sharing and printing.According to an advisory from Secunia, the vulnerability affects Samba versions 3.

May 28, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Botnets committing click fraud observed

What's the current state of click fraud, and what tools and tactics do the people behind click fraud campaigns have in their arsenal? A recently analyzed affiliate based network for using botnets to commit click fraud provides a timely assessment of the situation, and provides evidential facts on the internal success rate of such a consolidated botnet.

May 28, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Adobe Flash drive-by attacks redux

Adobe has finally issued an almost-definitive statement on the reports of a zero-day attack targeting its flagship Flash Player, suggesting (kinda) that the vulnerability is already patched.

May 28, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Dan Geer leaves Verdasys for In-Q-Tel

Dan Geer, a risk-management pioneer who is often described as "the dean of the security deep-thinkers' set," has left Verdasys to join In-Q-Tel as chief information security officer.Geer (left) will remain on the masthead at Verdasys as Chief Scientist Emeritus.

May 28, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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Adobe Flash zero-day exploit in the wild

[ See important update to this story here ]Malware hunters have spotted a previously unknown -- and unpatched -- Adobe Flash vulnerability being exploited in the wild.The zero-day flaw has been added to the Chinese version of the MPack exploit kit and there are signs that the exploits are being injected into third-party sites to redirect targets to malware-laden servers.

May 27, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Scam calls... something we've forgot about?

I was thinking about the problem of identity theft today and looked back at notes I took during Nitesh Dhanjani and Billy Rios's presentation at Black Hat and Blue Hat recently and I came to the realization that our government should be doing more about this crap.You see, identity theft is an economy itself.

May 27, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


Cisco confirms possibility of IOS rootkits

On the heels of an EUSecWest conference presentation on malicious rootkits for Cisco IOS (see background), Cisco's security response team has published a must-read document confirming that stealthy malware can be loaded on the software used on the vast majority of its routers and network switches.Cisco warns:It is possible that an attacker could insert malicious code into a Cisco IOS software image and load it onto a Cisco device that supports that image.

May 27, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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