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On Brexit and cybersecurity: I collected a few thoughts and reporting that covers it. Includes hacking crime, policy, business, startups, and why I'm worried about friends and colleagues in the British infosec scene.
cybersecurity, brexit, UK - The effects of Brexit on cybersecurity are just starting to materialize.Stock markets around the world have been plummeting since, and pretty much everything in England is worsening as the country fumbles for a plan. Ruling Conservatives are looking Security
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If you missed my newest column (yesterday) I analyzed the ransomware attack on Hollywood Presbyterian (and the hospital's troubling delay in paying the ransom).
Hollywood Presbyterian was forced to pay up, just like everyone else.
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Today is the last day to enter my cocktail contest!

Invent a drink that befits the name "Little Black Dress" and win five of my e-books (erotica collections). Plus, the drink will be featured in my next anthology -- which is all about "unicorns" (slang term for girls who are into couples). Runners-up get an early copy of the book in DRM-free .epub and .pdf :D
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Hmm tell you what, you wear a little black dress that befits a drink name and I'll write YOU something erotic about it. Of course the dress must be worthy of both.. if my work isn't worthy of such a dress befitting a drink name, I'll wear it myself.. the dress not the drink ^_^.
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Much ado was made this week about the woman who is "the inspiration" for CSI: Cyber and her recent tech talk about hacking's "cyberpsychology" -- and her bizarre sexualization of it... It was irresistible. I hope you like it! 
My first session with a cyberpsychologist didn't go so well. She asked me to lay back on the couch, relax, and "think of cyber." "You know," she said, "what y...
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me too!!!!
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Medium contacted me about publishing this on their site ("Hi from Medium - We loved your piece"). Apparently it hit a nerve in their offices, and sparked "intense conversation." It wasn't an easy post to write.
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I just posted your article to Facebook, I hope that is okay. I have been targeted recently by someone I believe is an admin of a "Philospophy" group.
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Call for reviewers! New book, Wetware: Cyberpunk Erotica...
Call for reviewers: Wetware: Cyberpunk EroticaWant to review Wetware: Cyberpunk Erotica for free? Do you have an Amazon account, and will actually post a review? Be one of the first ten people to sign up, and Wetware's sex-saturated cyberpunk future worlds will be in your inbox by midnight. Wetware blends sci-fi and sex in a heady, seven-story collection where cyberpunk anti-heroes face global conspiracies, misused government R&D, thugs, drugs, true love, artificial intelligence, and venge...
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I want to read it.coz am interesting
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Less than a day left on the pay-what-you-want hacking book bundle -- it's so worth it! Books on hacking, preparing for the zombie apocalypse, my guide to online privacy, xbox hacking, malware analysis, bitcoin and more. Don't miss out!
Pay what you want and support the Electronic Frontier Foundation!
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This is huge, and if you're in infosec you need to know about it. I'm still surprised no one has covered it. The CA Attorney General has set standards for "reasonable security" in businesses and organizations, and chances are high that no one can comply...
Blink, and you missed it. The California Attorney General slipped a hand grenade into the bouquet of stink known as California's Annual Breach Report (2016). In it, the definition, standards, and implementations of "reasonable security‍" for business Security
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Getting to this late, but I'm having trouble parsing this:

The report, from the office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris, states that failing to implement the SANS Top 20‍ now constitutes a lack of "breach litigation‍ seeks to define, where liability is doled out by determining whether or not the victim company had practiced "reasonable security‍."

Something missing after "constitutes a lack of"?
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When I was asked to work with a female CEO of a security company, I jumped at the chance. But the deeper reasons I want to work with her are here: cc/+Peerlyst 
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+Colin Toomey on EM and REM.

One of the best practices to typography on the web is to use relative units like rem and em.

The question is, which should you use? There’s been a longstanding debate between rem supporters and em supporters, believing that you should use one over the other...

Pretty good intro article.
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Kyle Wadsworth has mastered sex magic, dreamwalking, and even poetry in his years at Veritas. But in this conclusion to the Magic University series of new adult paranormal fantasy romance, Kyle begins his senior year full of doubt. Will the dire ancient prophecy he has been studying come true if ...
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My new column for Engadget launched today! It's called Bad Password, and I hope you like it. I've been wanting to do a column like this for a very long time. I aim to rustle jimmies.
Violet Blue explores the problems with branding exploits in the first installment of her new column, Bad Password.
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Don't forget Monsanto!!
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It's an episode guide of the hacks of Mr. Robot and the research behind them -- and my colleagues are enjoying it, too! If you're a fan like me, this might help tide you over until this week's finale :)
+Violet Blue's entertaining and informative photo-gallery on Mr. Robot. I really must make time to catch up on this show. 
While we wait for the last episode of Mr. Robot’s first season, we've put together an episode guide to the show's standout hacks, and the research behind the show’s very real tools and techniques.
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Huge fan of Mr Robot. I miss it already
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Awarded author, freelance reporter, hacking/cybercrime. Engadget columnist, Internet Press Guild member; recent work at CNET, ZDNet, Engadget. Advisor to Peerlyst, Without My Consent.
I'm an Advisor to Peerlyst and Without My Consent -- take a minute to see why they're important.

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"One of the 40 bloggers who really count."
-London Times

"Superstar sex writer - Violet Blue."
-Dan Savage

"Helpful, hip, wise and savvy" 
-Mary Roach

"Violet Blue is omnipresent on the Web."

"A connsumate expert, a gentle guide, and the most gorgeous companion." 
-Margaret Cho

"America's leading (very) public intellectual sexologist, Violet Blue." 
-The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies 

"Violet Blue is the leading sex educator for the Internet generation." 

"An anti-evangelist evangelist for sex and technology."

Awards and Honors:

Violet Blue ( is regarded as the foremost sexuality and tech expert and sex-positive pundit in mainstream media (such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Attack of The Show). 

Violet has a popular technology column, CBS Interactive's Pulp Tech and is a CNET contributor.

She is the author and editor of over 40 books (print and digital) that have been translated into six languages.

She is regularly interviewed, and featured prominently by major media outlets including Wired (and Wired UK), Newsweek, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, NPR,, BBC, CNN, NYT, LA Times, Cinematical, PBS: Mediashift, CBS, The History Channel, Esquire, Maxim and more. 

Violet's books have won many awards. Her book "The Smart Girl's Guide to Porn" is excerpted on The Oprah Winfrey website. Blue connected with an audience of over 4 million readers a month with her SF Chronicle column "Open Source Sex". 

Forbes and Oprah Winfrey have both called her podcast (Open Source Sex) "One of the Internet's most popular podcasts." Blue titled her podcast "Open Source Sex" for the intersection of technology and sex, and the free-flowing information exchange of the open source software movement. 

Blue is a freelance contributing writer for outlets such as CNN, Forbes, O: The Oprah Magazine, MacLife, and UN sponsored health organization, RH Reality Check. She is regularly cited in print outlets ranging from Wired UK's "Experts Predict The Future" feature to David Levy's book "Love + Sex With Robots." Violet Blue was the sex expert and is featured across two chapters in Tim Ferriss' book "The Four-Hour Body."

Violet lectures about Internet sexuality to cyberlaw classes at UC Berkeley (Boalt; Samuelson Law Clinic), colleges and community teaching institutions, human sexuality programs at UCSF, tech conferences (ETech, LeWeb, Gnomedex and SXSWi), and also volunteers as an advisor and instructor about sexual health to sex crisis counselors. 

Oft-quoted and sourced, Violet has been a published writer in the field of sex, technology and these cultures since 1998. She has presented two Google Tech Talks at Google, Inc.

Watch Violet Blue talking to Oprah Winfrey on YouTube.

Articles and Columns, Print and Web:
  • 1998 Filth Magazine (Feature)
  • 1998-2005 Senior Copywriter, Good Vibrations (Print and Web)
  • 1999 Gothic Net Magazine (Feature)
  • 1999-2000 Columnist/Editor, Necromantic Magazine
  • 1999-2005 Columnist/Founding Editor, Good Vibes Magazine
  • 2007 O: The Oprah Magazine (Feature)
  • 2008 Forbes (Feature)
  • 2010 MacLife (Feature)
  • 2010 Maclife (Feature)
  • 2010 Bizarre Magazine (Feature)
  • 2010 Bizarre Magazine (Feature)
  • 2000 RH Reality Check (Feature)
  • 2007-2010 Columnist San Francisco Chronicle
  • 2010 Contributor: Read Write Web
  • 2010-present Contributing Editor, Columnist CBS Interactive's ZDNet - Pulp Tech
  • 2011 Lotus Magazine (Feature)
  • 2011-present CBS News contributor, journalist
  • 2012-present CNET contributor, journalist
  • 2012-present Zero Day contributor, journalist
Books Authored by Violet Blue:
  • 2002 Ultimate Guide: Cunnilingus
  • 2002 Ultimate Guide: Fellatio
  • 2003 Ultimate Guide: Adult Videos
  • 2003 Adventurous Couple’s Guide: Sex Toys
  • 2004 Ultimate Guide: Sexual Fantasy
  • 2005 Smart Girl’s Guide to Porn
  • 2006 Fetish Sex: An Erotic Guide for Couples
  • 2007 Smart Girl’s Guide to the G-Spot
  • 2007 Adventurous Couple’s Guide: Strap-On Sex
  • 2010 Seal It With A Kiss
  • 2010 (Revised) Ultimate Guide to Cunnilingus (with Margaret Cho)
  • 2010 (Revised) Ultimate Guide to Fellatio (with Mary Roach)
  • 2011 Total Flirt
  • 2011 (Revised) Fetish Sex: A Complete Guide
  • 2012 (Revised) Smart Girl's Guide to the G-Spot (with Jesse Bering)
Books Edited by Violet Blue:
  • 2000 Sweet Life
  • 2003 Sweet Life 2
  • 2004 Taboo
  • 2005 Best Sex Writing
  • 2006 Best Women’s Erotica
  • 2006 Lips Like Sugar
  • 2007 Best Women’s Erotica
  • 2007 Lust
  • 2008 Best Women’s Erotica 
  • 2009 Best Women’s Erotica
  • 2009 Girls On Top
  • 2010 Best Women’s Erotica
  • 2010 Best of the Best Women's Erotica
  • 2010 Just Watch Me
  • 2010 Sweet Love
  • 2011 Best Women's Erotica
  • 2011 Sweet Danger
  • 2011 Best Women's Erotica 2012
  • 2012 One Night Only: Erotic Encounters
  • 2013 Best Women's Erotica 2013
  • 2013 Voracious: Erotica for Women
Introductions and Essays:
  • 2004 Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussell (essay)
  • 2005 Naked Ambition edited by Carly Milne, (essay)
  • 2005 Everything You Know About Sex is Wrong, edited by Russ Kick (essay)
  • 2005 Whipped, edited by Carol Queen (short story: fiction)
  • 2006 She’s Such A Geek, edited by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders (essay)
  • 2008 Best Sex Writing, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (essay)
  • 2008 101 Sexy Dares authored by Laura Corn (contributed text)
  • 2009 Pr0nnovation?: Pornography and Technological Innovation: Monochrom's Arse Elektronika Anthology, edited by Thomas Ballhausen, Johannes Grenzfurthner, Daniel Fabry and Gunther Friesinger (essay)
  • 2009 Best Sex Writing, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (essay)
  • 2010 Do Androids Sleep with Electric Sheep?: Monochrom's Arse Elektronika Anthology, by Thomas Ballhausen, Johannes Grenzfurthner (essay)
  • 2010 Best Sex Writing, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (essay)
  • 2012 "69" (Tyler, editor)
  • 2012 Of Intercourse and Intracourse: Sexuality, Biomodification and the Techno-Social Sphere, edited by Johannes Grenzfurthner, Gunther Friesinger, Daniel Fabry (essay)
Self-Published Books (
  • 2007 Creatures of the Night
  • 2007 Erotic Role Play
  • 2008 Open Source Sex Ed
  • 2008 Sweet Heat
  • 2008 The Modern Safer Sex Guide
  • 2008 How to Kiss
  • 2012 Fetish Sex: A Complete Guide to Sexual Fetishes
Violet Blue is in no way associated with the unauthorized use of her name (or likeness) in pornographic films.
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