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

What is the U.S. doing about security? Part 2.

Wow that was quick.  No sooner did I get done posting my last article and I see on Wired the following story:Once again, supposedly sensitive information blacked out from a government report turns out to be visible by computer experts armed with the Ctrl+C keys — and that information turns out to be not very sensitive after all.

May 20, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


What is the U.S. doing about security?

I've been terrible busy lately.  Hopefully you all here haven't noticed, as I've been working hard to still keep my posts flowing, but I've just got time to catch up with several blogs that I read often.

May 20, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


Over 1.5 million pages affected by the recent SQL injection attacks

In an attempt to mitigate the impact of the recent waves of SQL injection attacks, and provide more transparency into the approximate number of affected pages, the Shadowserver Foundation is starting to maintain a list of all the malicious domains used in the continuing efforts by copycats to inject as many legitimate sites as possible. Currently counting over fifty malicious domains, and the corresponding number of affected pages by them, the total number is just over 1.

May 20, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


False alarm!

Update 05/20/08: Sorry ladies and gents, I have to retract my previous entry.  I had mentioned that 24 flaws were patched for Mozilla today, but what I didn't realize was that the announcement was specific to gentoo emerge packages and that this was actually fixed sometime ago.

May 20, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


PayPal fixes XSS vulnerability

PayPal fixed an XSS vulnerability today that drew some attention.  Harry Sintonen reported an XSS vulnerability in the "safe" area of the PayPal application.

May 20, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


Secunia finds 'highly critical' Foxit Reader Flaw

Add the popular Foxit Reader to the list of desktop software applications to be patched as a matter of priority.According to vulnerability research outfit Secunia, there's a "highly critical" vulnerability in the alternative PDF reader software that can be exploited by malicious hackers to take complete control of a target system.

May 20, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


DoS Attacks Using SQL Wildcards Revealed

Yesterday, Ferruh Mavituna of Portcullis released a whitepaper entitled "DoS Attacks Using SQL Wildcards", with some  insightful comments on how it's possible to multiply the attack tactics discussed to the point where not even a botnet would be needed to successfully accomplish them.Summary of the paper :This paper discusses abusing Microsoft SQL Query wildcards to consume CPU in database servers.

May 20, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Are you wary of the insider on the outside?

Whenever the risks from the inside threat are discussed, it's usually about the disgruntled/malicious employee within the firewall abusing permissions to steal data or plant malware in sensitive parts of the network.But, there's an insider on the outside that's often forgotten -- the ex-employee with access to user accounts (and default settings) that remain active after he/she has left the company.

May 20, 2008 by Ryan Naraine