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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ICANN: Anycast saved DNS root servers during attack

The two DNS root servers "badly affected" by last month's intense denial-of-service attack were the only two targeted that have not yet installed the Anycast load balancing technology, according to a report (.pdf) released by ICANN.

March 8, 2007 by Ryan Naraine

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Microsoft: No security patches this month

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday train will be empty this month.A advance notice from Redmond says there are no security updates on tap for Tuesday, March 13, the day set aside for software fixes.

March 8, 2007 by Ryan Naraine

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Talkative botnet herder taunts security researchers

The botnet operator behind the virulent Nirbot Trojan is having a field day taunting anti-virus researchers. While it is common to find messages and shout-outs buried in virus code, the person(s) behind Nirbot is rather talkative, leaving hostile threates directed at specific individuals, a strange apology for something involving "hospital computers" and even a mock CNN interview that discusses the bot's intent.

March 8, 2007 by Ryan Naraine

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Hacker builds tracking system to nab Tor pedophiles

Amidst concerns that pedophiles are using public Tor (the Onion Router) servers to trade in child pornography, über-hacker HD Moore is building a tracking system capable of pinpointing specific workstations that searched for and downloaded sexual images and videos of kids.

March 6, 2007 by Ryan Naraine

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McAfee gets fourth CEO in six years

Looking to recover from a stock-options backdating scandal that ripped apart its management team, McAfee is giving the corner office to EMC executive David DeWalt.

March 5, 2007 by Ryan Naraine

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WordPress server hacked, downloads rigged with serious flaw

An unknown cracker broke into a server hosting downloads of the popular WordPress blogging software and rigged the file with a remotely exploitable code execution vulnerability.News of the hack comes directly from WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg:  "If you downloaded WordPress 2.

March 3, 2007 by Ryan Naraine

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Hardware-based rootkit detection proven unreliable

For years, we've been convinced by companies like Komoku and BBN Technologies that hardware-based RAM acquisition is the most reliable and secure way to sniff out the presence of a sophisticated rootkit on a compromised machine. Not so fast, says Joanna Rutkowska, a security researcher at COSEINC Malware Labs.

March 2, 2007 by Ryan Naraine

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