Larry Dignan

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Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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How cybercrime pays

Worth reading: Rob Vamosi has the inside story on how James Ancheta became an American cybervillain. He's not part of the Russian cybermafia, just a 20-year old California lad who pled guilty last week to four felony counts for creating a worm and amassing about 40,000 bot machines, including some from classified Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and profiting via serreptitiously installing adware on machines and collecting payments.

January 30, 2006 by Dan Farber


What makes schools vulnerable

A ZDNet story, Notre Dame probes hack of computer system, got me thinking about why a university is more susceptible than other institutions to this kind of vulnerability. At Notre Dame, it was a list of donors -- along with social security numbers, credit card numbers and check images -- which were located on the compromised server.

January 30, 2006 by Marc Wagner

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Oracle: Third party security patch breaks our stack

InfoWorld is reporting that Oracle is warning its customers not to implement a vulnerability patch that was developed by security researcher David Litchfield (fellow blogger George Ou had the coverage last week). Litchfield was motivated to create his own patch because Oracle, despite four attempts, has apparently failed to do so successfully (according to the InfoWorld story).

January 29, 2006 by David Berlind

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ActiveGrid pushes lightweight LAMP development

Peter Yared, CEO of ActiveGrid, has said that Java is a dinosaur. In our podcast interview, Yared, who spent five years at Sun working with Java, explains why he believes that the alternative--lightweight development based on open source LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl/Python/PHP)--is preferable to Java for many kinds of applications.

January 29, 2006 by Dan Farber


Gillmor Gang plays vendor sports

Mike Arrington of Tech Crunch joins the regular Gillmor Gang (including myself) minus Jon Udell this week for a game of vendor sports, assessing which company is doing what to whom. Host Steve Gillmor starts out with a monologue on Dave Slusher's comments about the EarthLink ad on this podcast.

January 29, 2006 by Dan Farber


Gates won't cross China government

Bill and Melinda Gates, along with Bono, were honored at the "Persons of the Year" by Time Magazine for their good works. "For being shrewd about doing good, for rewiring politics and re-engineering justice, for making mercy smarter and hope strategic and then daring the rest of us to follow, Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono are Time's Persons of the Year," Time wrote.

January 27, 2006 by Dan Farber