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

The dark side of search engines

As a malware researcher, I spend the majority of my days days studying the dark side of the web and one of the most interesting things I get to see are the weird, and sometimes wonderful, search engine queries that result in dangerous Web sites.

July 4, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Operation Bot Roast: Too little too late

Guest Editorial: The US FBI has kicked off Operation Bot Roast this summer with the goal of addressing the botnet problem. Hurray for them,it's good that something is being done. However, this is probably not going to stop the botnet problem, and maybe wont even make a dent in the problem.

July 2, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Breaking open the iPhone

Hardware hackers at iFixit are disassembling the iPhone in real time, providing the first look at the belly of the beast.

June 29, 2007 by Ryan Naraine

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Blue Pill hacker challenge update: It's a no-go

Rutkowska says she is "ready to accept" the challenge but wants her two-person team to be paid $384,000 ($200 a day each for two people working full-time for six months), a demand that has dashed all hopes for a hacker face off at Black Hat this year.

June 29, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


OpenBSD founder: Intel leaves open-source out in the cold

OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt wants Intel to come clean on the severity of bugs in the Intel Core 2 processors, warning that some of the bugs "will *ASSUREDLY* be exploitable from userland code."de Raadt's comments follow Intel's release of a BIOS patch to cover potential unpredictable system behavior on Windows machines running Core 2 and Xeon 3000/5000 chips.

June 28, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Rutkowska faces '100% undetectable malware' challenge

At last year's Black Hat security conference, stealth malware researcher Joanna Rutkowska caused a stir with the introduction of Blue Pill, a new technology she claims can create malware that remains "100 percent undetectable."This year, a group of her peers will challenge Rutkowska to prove it, arguing that a 100% undetectable rootkit is absolutely impossible.

June 27, 2007 by Ryan Naraine