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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EA Spore backlash could help end DRM

EA Spore backlash could help end DRM

Guest editorial by Oliver DayThe backlash over DRM has finally started to gather serious momentum.Everyday consumers started a campaign to give the highly anticipated game Spore one-star ratings on Amazon.

September 24, 2008 by in Security

Defense-in-depth in practice

Defense-in-depth in practice

A long portion of my career in information security was spent as a security consultant. I would come into an engagement and either analyze data or an architecture and provide recommendations to the client on improvements they could make in their security posture.

September 24, 2008 by in Security

Researchers discover PDF exploit packs

Researchers discover PDF exploit packs

If you still need a reason to patch that installation of Adobe Reader, pay close attention to this discovery by Secure Computing's anti-malware research labs.The group has stumbled upon an exploit pack that exclusively targets PDF vulnerabilities, exposing millions of Windows desktops to malicious hacker attacks.

September 24, 2008 by in Security

India's government: At last, we've cracked Blackberry's encryption

India's government: At last, we've cracked Blackberry's encryption

Following India's threat to shut down the Blackberry network in the country unless Research in Motion allows the government to snoop on Blackberry users made earlier this year, the country seems to have found a more pragmatic solution, and in a surprising move has publicly announced that they have finally managed to crack Blackberry's encryption :"The government has decrypted the data on Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry networks.

September 24, 2008 by in Security

Bill O'Reilly's web site hacked, attackers release personal details of users

Bill O'Reilly's web site hacked, attackers release personal details of users

In what is slowly turning into a endless loop of hacktivism activities, Bill O'Reilly's BillOreilly.com has been compromised during the weekend, with personal details including passwords in plain text for 205 of the site's members already leaking across Internet forums, as a response to his remarks regarding Wikileaks as a "one of those despicable, slimy, scummy websites" which recently published private information of Sarah Palin's private email.

September 23, 2008 by in Security

McAfee buys CipherTr-- err, Secure Computing

McAfee buys CipherTr-- err, Secure Computing

Like every other red-blooded American I take a quick peak at my collapsing retirement and savings portfolios in the morning just to give me that extra kick to head into the office. So I pull up Google Finance to see Secure Computing (SCUR) is, up some 23%, one of the big movers for the day.

September 22, 2008 by in Banking

Webmail providers can fix Palin hack-style problems

Webmail providers can fix Palin hack-style problems

One of the most important questions we should be asking ourselves in light of the Palin webmail hack discussed at length here, here and here is how it could have been prevented. There are several software techniques that I can think of off the top of my head that would help webmail prevent malicious password reset attacks.

September 21, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Adobe moves to nuke 'clipboard hijack' attacks

Adobe moves to nuke 'clipboard hijack' attacks

Adobe has announced plans to modify the next version of its Flash Player to use an "allow/deny" system to mitigate clipboard hijack attacks.The change will be fitted into the final version of Flash Player 10 to demand user interaction when a Shockwave (.

September 19, 2008 by in Hardware

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