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

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


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


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


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


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


Maynor demos MacBook Wi-Fi hijack, admits mistakes

Looking to put to rest one of the most bizarre vulnerability disclosure disputes in recent memory, hacker David Maynor offered an apology for mistakes made, provided a live demo of the controversial MacBook Wi-Fi takeover and promised to release e-mail exchanges, crash/panic logs and exploit code to clear his tarnished name. Maynor kicked off a presentation at the Black Hat DC 2007 with a demo of the attack against a MacBook running Mac OSX 10.

March 1, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Flaw trifecta kicks off Month of PHP bugs

Stefan Esser's month of PHP bugs project is off and running with details on three unpatched vulnerabilities that could lead to program crashes and possible code execution attacks. The first batch of flaws published on the project home page covers two recursion stack overflows and a reference counter overflow.

February 28, 2007 by Ryan Naraine

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