Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is a security writer-editor for ZDNet. He can be found on sister sites CNET and CBS News. He is based in the New York newsroom. You can send him secure email with his PGP key: EB6CEEA5.

Charlie Osborne

Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charlie currently works as a journalist and photographer -- with the occasional design piece -- and writes for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has particular interests in social media, IP law, social engineering and security.

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Koobface Facebook worm still spreading

Koobface Facebook worm still spreading

Originally spreading since July, the Koobface worm remains active according to a recent security alert issued by Websense :"The email reveals that infected user accounts are being used to post messages to Facebook friends lists. The content was an enticing message with a link that used a Facebook open redirector.

November 10, 2008 by in Security

Rigged PDFs exploiting just-patched Adobe Reader flaw

Rigged PDFs exploiting just-patched Adobe Reader flaw

Just three days after Adobe shipped a patch with fixes for a critical Adobe Reader vulnerability, hackers are using booby-trapped PDF files to fire exploits against Windows users.[ SEE: Heads up: Patch your Adobe Reader now ]The in-the-wild attacks, first spotted by the SANS Internet Storm Center, follows the public release of proof-of-concept exploits at Milw0rm.

November 7, 2008 by in Security

WPA Wi-Fi encryption (partially) cracked

WPA Wi-Fi encryption (partially) cracked

Rob McMillan at IDG has the scoop on new research that shows it's possible to partially crack the WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) encryption standard.Full details of the theoretical attack is not yet known but McMillan reports that two security researchers -- Erik Tews and Martin Beck -- plan to discuss the issue at next week's PacSec conference in Japan.

November 6, 2008 by in Security

Obama-related spammed trojan propagating worldwide

Obama-related spammed trojan propagating worldwide

Several security companies including F-Secure, Sunbelt, and my employer Cloudmark (disclosure) are reporting a large volume of Obama-related spam that links to malware. This is just the latest twist on the long-running theme of social engineering end users into installing web-based malware.

November 5, 2008 by in Security

Remote buffer overflow bug bites Linux Kernel

Remote buffer overflow bug bites Linux Kernel

A remote buffer overflow vulnerability in the Linux Kernel could be exploited by attackers to execute code or cripple affected systems, according to a Gentoo bug report that just became public.The flaw could allow malicious hackers to launch arbitrary code with kernel-level privileges.

November 5, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

GOP gearing up legal attack on e-voting machines

GOP gearing up legal attack on e-voting machines

According to TPM Muckraker and this press release, the Republican National Committee is lining up the computer forensics firm Forensicon to provide analysis on e-voting machines to form the basis of a legal attack against the validity of the 2008 presidential election.

November 4, 2008 by in Security

Google and T-Mobile push patch for Android security flaw

Google and T-Mobile push patch for Android security flaw

During the weekend, Google and T-Mobile pushed a patch fixing last week's disclosed security flaw affecting Google's Android. The flaw and the PoC were communicated to Google on October 20th, with the vulnerability itself made possible due to Android's use of outdated third-party software packages.

November 4, 2008 by in Mobility

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