Violet Blue


Ms. Violet Blue (, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that includes ABC News and the Wall Street Journal. She has authored and edited award-winning, best selling books in eight translations and has been a sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She has given keynote talks at such conferences as ETech, LeWeb, and the Forbes Brand Leadership Conference, and has given two Tech Talks at Google. In 2010, the London Times named Blue one of “40 bloggers who really count.” Ms. Blue is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet Blue bio courtesy of TTI Vanguard.

Ms. Violet Blue is an Advisor for Without My Consent (a legal nonprofit for survivors of online harassment) and an Editor on the Editorial Board for The Porn Studies Journal (Routledge). She is a Member of the Internet Press Guild and a Member of The Center for Investigative Reporting. Ms. Blue is currently under contract for one book with NoStarch Press, and regularly freelances for various outlets including San Francisco online news outlet SF Appeal, Penthouse and Playboy. Ms. Blue's Nokia WindowsPhone is a review model from Microsoft. She is not sponsored by any company, person or entity, or under any exclusive contract.

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Ladyada's Hacker Gift Guide

Ladyada's Hacker Gift Guide

UPDATED for 2013. Give gifts that inspire your favorite hackers to make something great. Our exclusive Hacker Gift Guide features Ladyada's top gifts for hackers of all styles, ages and interests.

December 4, 2013 by in Hardware

A visit to Low Yat Plaza, Kuala Lumpur's shady electronics mall

A visit to Low Yat Plaza, Kuala Lumpur's shady electronics mall

Low Yat Plaza is a seven-story, 500+ retailer electronics mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is regarded as "IT heaven" and a place for outstanding bargains where haggling is the norm. Low Yat is also a buyer-beware marketplace. It's not out of the ordinary to walk out with defective goods and in 2006 the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs raided Low Yat Plaza, confiscating more than 27,000 copies of pirated computer software and movies. While in town for the Hack in The Box Security Conference, we paid a visit to this amazing electronics bazaar.

October 10, 2012 by in Hardware