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

Security Researcher to release Cisco rootkit at EUSecWest

According to good friend Robert McMillan of IDG News, Sebastian Muniz, a researcher with Core Security Technologies, has developed malicious rootkit software for Cisco's routers, which he will release on May 22 at the EuSecWest conference in London. This will mark the first time (at least publicly) that someone has released a rootkit written for the Cisco IOS.

May 14, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


McAfee isn't "McAfee Secure" or "Hacker Safe"

In my most recent discussion on McAfee, I posted a talkback to Russ McRee stating, tongue in cheek mind you, that it'd be interesting to see an XSS or SQL Injection on McAfee's site, see if they are indeed "McAfee Secure". Well, I guess you get what you ask for...

May 13, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


A U.S military botnet in the works

Make botnets, not war? In April, last year, I asked the question "Why establish an offensive cyber warfare doctrine when you can  simple install a type of Lycos Spam Fighting screensaver on every military and government computer and have it periodically update its hit lists?

May 12, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Major career web sites hit by spammers attack

As assessment of a recently discovered in the wild email harvesting service, released for the purpose of harvesting names, email addresses, and other personal information from major career web sites, to be later on used for targeted spamming and malware campaigns.

May 12, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


Microsoft previews three critical bulletins; two for Office

Microsoft on Thursday previewed three critical bulletins for Microsoft Office and Windows and a moderate denial of service vulnerability for the company's security software.According to Microsoft's advance notification, the software giant will address the following in its Patch Tuesday update May 13:A critical remote code execution vulnerability primarily affecting Microsoft Office (Word) and another critical remote code execution flaw in Publisher.

May 8, 2008 by


Can I interest you in a glass of Berry Blue Kool-Aid?: A recap of Microsoft Blue Hat v7

Hey all,I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend Microsoft Blue Hat v 7 as I had some research that Microsoft was interested in bringing me in to talk about.  Microsoft got to have co-worker and fellow researcher Rob Carter and I in to talk to product security teams about some of the things we'd found, and we got a free pass to an invite only conference that had some great talks.

May 6, 2008 by Nathan McFeters