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

Tracking down the Storm Worm malware

What is the current state of Storm Worm activity, how many infected IPs are found to host the malware on a daily basis, which are the latest domains used by the Storm Worm, and which countries have the largest infected population?

May 26, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Malware-infected USB drives distributed at security conference

The folks at Australian mega-telco Telstra are wiping eggs from their faces after distributing malware-infected USB drives to attendees at this year's AusCERT security conference.AusCERT's marketing manager Claire Groves confirmed the USB sticks came certified pre-owned (thanks Dan Geer) and were given out at a tutorial at the conference.

May 22, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Gaping holes in Trillian IM client

Trillian users beware:  There are multiple serious security holes in the popular cross-platform IM application.According to alerts issued by TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), the vulnerabilities allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Trillian Pro.

May 22, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


How to wipe data off an iPhone

In reponse to reports that personally identifiable private information can be easily swiped from used iPhones sold on eBay, the tireless Rich Mogull has cooked up a nifty way to wipe data from iPhones.Mogull admits his process is "not perfect" but it does look to be an easy way to overload the iPhone with music files to force an overwrite of the device's storage.

May 21, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Cisco plugs holes in Voice Portal, SSH implementation

It's Patch Day in the land of Cisco.The network routing and switching giant today released three security bulletins with patches for multiple vulnerabilities affecting the Cisco Voice Portal and the Secure Shell server (SSH) implementation in Cisco IOS.

May 21, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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iCal vulnerabilities put Mac OS X users at risk

Heads up to Mac OS X users:  It appears Apple will be shipping high-priority security patches sometime today. (See important update at the end)According to a security alert from vulnerability research and pen testing firm Core Security, Apple is about to release patches for three remotely exploitable security vulnerabilities in iCal, the personal calendar application that ships on Mac OS X.

May 21, 2008 by Ryan Naraine