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Violet Blue


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Recent articles by Violet:

Maria Butina: Cybersecurity charlatan, spy

Russian spy Maria Butina's cover story was her academic interest and expertise in cybersecurity. As cover stories go, this unfortunately wasn't a hard one to pu... → Read More

The internet war on sex is here

During the Great Internet Sex War, that began in the United States during its Facebook Era, people were forced to stockpile their porn. Lube was bought by the d... → Read More

Google’s China search engine drama

The first time many of us heard about China's use of facial recognition on jaywalkers was just this week when a prominent Chinese businesswoman was publicly "na... → Read More

Holiday gift ideas for paranoids

In so many ways, Black Friday is an inescapable evil of cosmic proportions. It is a creeping cloud of want, pulling us resentfully toward deals that we know tem... → Read More

More companies are chipping their workers like pets

The trend of blundering into the void of adopting new tech, damn the consequences, full speed ahead, continues this week. The Telegraph tells us about "a number... → Read More

How Brian Kemp hacked Georgia’s election

"Kemp on Thursday said he had resigned as Georgia's secretary of state," reported Reuters yesterday. No one watching Kemp's malfeasant, multi-year elect... → Read More

Dear tech: Stop doing business with Nazis

Kicking Nazis off tech companies' services is so easy, and such a simple thing to do. It is such a basic act of human decency, a trivial task that would stop Pa... → Read More

With Khashoggi, tech confronts its blood money

In 2015 we laughed at Hacking Team for getting hacked. Their profit-driven facilitation of human rights abuses around the world was somehow barely competent, bu... → Read More

Uber, Google, Facebook: Your experiments have gone too far

It was 2014, around the time when Travis Kalanick referred to Uber as his chick-magnet "Boober" in a GQ article, that I'd realized congestion in San Francisco h... → Read More

Goodbye Google+, you beautiful, squandered opportunity

When Google+ launched in 2011, people were already fed up with Facebook -- and Google was still cool. After Plus' closed invite garnered significant consumer de... → Read More

Facebook’s two-factor ad practices give middle finger to infosec

We've all encountered security questions asking where we went to school, our favorite color or food, our first concert, and the ubiquitous "mother's maiden name... → Read More

Silicon Valley’s Brett Kavanaugh problem

As we steel ourselves to careen numbly toward whatever new horrors lay in store with Trump, his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, and the conservative politic... → Read More

FCC’s Ajit Pai labels California net neutrality law 'illegal'

Throttling firefighter's mobile access and risking lives isn't a big deal, apparently. → Read More

Why PayPal’s crackdown on ASMR creators should worry you

Attacks on the perceived sexuality of a new kind of artists bodes ill for all of us. → Read More

The US government comes for Google, Facebook, and Twitter

Facebook, Twitter, and Google were threatened by lawmakers from three distinct quarters on Wednesday. A leaked email from the largest US telecom lobbying group... → Read More

New lawsuit shows your phone is unsafe at American borders

A recent case filed in federal court, in which an American woman had her iPhone seized and cracked by Customs and Border Protection in a New Jersey airport puts... → Read More

About that Facebook trust ranking

Irony alert: Facebook thinks some people can't be trusted. → Read More

How Google’s location-tracking issue affects you

Watching Twitter and Facebook commit reputational suicide over the past 20 months has been as painful as it has been entertaining -- entertaining in the sense t... → Read More

Anonymous deals with its QAnon branding problem

When you're a notorious hacking entity like Anonymous, and a pro-Trump conspiracy cult (QAnon) steals your branding (while claiming you're the impostor), the ob... → Read More

When your Uber driver is a spy

Like other migrating beasts, hackers travel huge distances for feeding, breeding, and breaking things every summer -- at Defcon in Las Vegas. The way they move... → Read More