Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is the security editor for ZDNet, covering cybersecurity, national security, policy and privacy. He is based out of the New York newsroom, and can also be found on sister sites CNET and CBS News. You can contact him 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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Secunia: Less than 2% of Windows PCs fully patched

Secunia: Less than 2% of Windows PCs fully patched

It's long been established that the unpatched state of the Windows monoculture is the reason we are facing a malware epidemic.Yet, the latest vulnerability patching statistics from Secunia's PSI (Personal Software Inspector) is a major eye-opener for everyone tracking the security of the Windows ecosystem.

December 3, 2008 by in Security

Let's be smart about patching databases

Let's be smart about patching databases

* Ryan Naraine is traveling.Guest editorial by Slavik MarkovichEvery quarter, around the time of the Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU) or the Microsoft "Patch Tuesday," rituals take place – some behind closed doors, others in the media.

December 3, 2008 by in CXO

Drexel students hijack online poll, get underwear

Drexel students hijack online poll, get underwear

A few weeks ago I saw that students at my alma mater organized a small botnet to push Drexel to the front of the queue for Victoria's Secret's line of university branded underwear. It took a brief remark from a blog I frequent to make me realize that there is actually a small computer security story here.

December 3, 2008 by in Security

ICANN terminates EstDomains, Directi takes over 280k domains

ICANN terminates EstDomains, Directi takes over 280k domains

Following ICANN's notice of termination sent to cybercrime-friendly domain registrar EstDomains in October, on the 24th of November the termination became a reality and EstDomains is no more. Despite the public concerns of who will take the 280,000 domains, and that includes the cybercrime facilitating ones, Directi's ResellerClub is new home for EstDomains customers.

December 3, 2008 by in Security

Microsoft's Live Search (finally) adds malware warnings

Microsoft's Live Search (finally) adds malware warnings

Microsoft's Live Search team has officially announced the integration of warnings for potentially malware infected sites within Live Search, following last week's introduction of a malware warning service aimed at webmasters.According to a post by Christian Seifert, Software Design Engineer at Live Search Anti-Spam & Anti-Malware Team, as of today, users of Microsoft's search engine would receive warnings upon clicking on a potentially malware serving web site.

December 3, 2008 by in Security

E pur se muove (and yet it moves)

E pur se muove (and yet it moves)

* Ryan Naraine is traveling. Guest editorial by Ivan ArceOn January 15, 2008, the Vatican released a statement indicating that Pope Benedict XVI had canceled his visit to Italian La Sapienza University as a result of a series of protests during the previous days.

December 2, 2008 by in Security

Vendor claims Acrobat 9 passwords easier to crack than ever

Vendor claims Acrobat 9 passwords easier to crack than ever

Password recovery software vendor ElcomSoft claims that the password verification mechanism in the new Adobe Acrobat 9 is weaker than the one used in the previous version of Adobe's product, thereby allowing them to improve the brute forcing speed a hundred times faster. The company's claim comes right after Adobe's implementation of 256-bit encryption in their Acrobat 9.

December 2, 2008 by in Security

Breaking the zero-day habit

Breaking the zero-day habit

* Ryan Naraine is traveling.Guest editorial by Mike Rothman Given that this blog is called "Zero Day," I think it's fitting that I'm calling for most security professionals to ignore most of what comes out of the security research community.

December 1, 2008 by in Security

IT expert executed in Iran

IT expert executed in Iran

Following Pakistan's recently introduced "Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance 2008” according to which potential cyberterrorists would face the death penalty, a neighboring country, Iran, has recently executed an IT expert who confessed of being an Israeli spy for at least three years.

December 1, 2008 by in Security

Apple: Mac users should run multiple anti-virus

Apple: Mac users should run multiple anti-virus

One of Apple's better Mac vs PC ads features a strong message that Windows computers are a magnet for viruses (malware) but Macs are automatically protected.  As PC "ah-choos" his way through an infection, Mac offers a tissue and smugly infers that he's immune to the 114,000 Windows viruses.

December 1, 2008 by in Security

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