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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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

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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

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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

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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

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Hot off the wire: Windows XP SP3 available from Windows Update

From Paul Miller at Engadget:"At last the moment you've been waiting for. Microsoft wants to hit your version of Windows with an update, and this time you don't have to go rummaging around the internet to find it: just fire up Windows Update and let Microsoft do all the work.

May 6, 2008 by Nathan McFeters

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House of Hackers social community opens up

PDP, the leader of the Gnucitizen White Hat Hacker outfit announced the opening of the House of Hackers social community yesterday.  The House of Hackers is intended to enable its members to exchange ideas with each other, communicate, form groups, elite circles and tiger/red teams, conglomerate around projects, and participate in a hacker recruitment market.

May 6, 2008 by Nathan McFeters

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Hacking NASA: One small step for man, one giant leap for hackers?

The CORE Security Team released an advisory to the Full-Disclosure mailing list today that documented a stack overflow in NASA's Common Data Format libs.Looking at this bug, the tech details aren't overwhelming, I think I'm mostly excited about it due to the high profile of hacking NASA libs.

May 5, 2008 by Nathan McFeters

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