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

Secunia: It's not a flaw if it's a feature

When I reported on the Vocera certificate security bypass flaw, SecurityFocus picked up on it and created Bugtraq ID 27935 to warn their customers about the vulnerability.  I dropped a note to Secunia about the flaw but they seem to believe that a flaw is only a flaw if it was accidental and not an irresponsible design choice.

February 27, 2008 by George Ou


Report: Hackers swipe FTP server credentials using SaaS

Finjan said it has uncovered a database with more than 8,700 FTP account credentials--user name, password and server address--that allow hackers to compromise security and deliver malware as a service.In a report released Wednesday, Finjan said the list of stolen accounts includes many Fortune 500 type companies.

February 26, 2008 by


McAfee: Trojan targets Windows Mobile

McAfee has unearthed a Windows Mobile PocketPC Trojan that disables security, installs via a memory card, can't be uninstalled and makes itself your home page.According McAfee's Avert Labs blog, the Trojan has been discovered in China.

February 26, 2008 by


Cisco confirms vulnerability in 7921 Wi-Fi IP phone

Two days after news of the Vocera Wi-Fi VoIP communicator PEAP security bypass vulnerability, I received confirmation from Cisco that their model 7921 Wi-Fi VoIP phone is also vulnerable to the same issue where digital certificates aren't cryptographically verified.  Both Cisco and Vocera have told me that they intend to fix future implementations of PEAP and do the necessary steps to ensure certificate authenticity.

February 22, 2008 by George Ou