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

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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Who keeps failing their FISMA compliance?

The recently released U.S Federal Computer Security Report Card for 2008, indicates that several critical to national security departments continue failing to implement the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

May 26, 2008 by Dancho Danchev

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Open source software security improving

You cannot say something's good or bad unless you benchmark or compare it against something else. According to the Linus's Law, "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow", a mentality which when combined with static code analysis of the most popular and widely used open source projects such as Firefox, Linux and PHP and benchmark it against 250 other open source projects, can truly make an impact.

May 26, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Top ten worst spam registrars notified by ICANN

In a reponse to the recently released cluster analysis of the top 10 worst domain registrars in terms of spam and junk content hosting domains, the ICANN has taken steps to approach the non-compliant registrars :More than half of those registrars named had already been contacted by ICANN prior to publication of KnujOn’s report, and the remainder have since been notified following an analysis of other sources of data, including ICANN’s internal database.

May 26, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


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