Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is the security editor for ZDNet, covering cyber and national security. He is based in New York newsroom, and is also found on sister-sites CNET and CBS News. You can reach 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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Manchester City Council pays $2.4m in Conficker clean up costs

Manchester City Council pays $2.4m in Conficker clean up costs

How severe can the impact of the Conficker worm be on a single city council that has apparently not implemented basic security solutions in place?Pretty severe according to a recently released a report entitled "Service interruption resulting from ICT disruption in February 2009" which details the financial costs of a Conficker incident affecting Manchester City Council's network - 1.

July 2, 2009 by in Security

Michael Jackson's death themed malware campaigns spreading

Michael Jackson's death themed malware campaigns spreading

The sudden death of Michael Jackson quickly opened a window of opportunity for cybercriminals to capitalize on.With a malicious spam campaign, blackhat SEO search results poisoning which is serving scareware within the first 100 search results for Michael Jackson's death, and an opportunistic participant in Zango adware's network using typosquatting, malicious activity is prone to increase during the next couple of days.

June 26, 2009 by in Social Enterprise

Secunia: Average insecure program per PC rate remains high

Secunia: Average insecure program per PC rate remains high

With the time frame for an exploit to become an inseparable part of a web malware exploitation kit shrinking, and with the average Internet user's over-confidence in an antivirus scanner's ability to detect and block exploits (Secunia: popular security suites failing to block exploits) it shouldn't come as a surprise that Secunia's recently released WorldMap shows a relatively high rate for insecure programs found on a single PC.

June 25, 2009 by in Hardware

Guy Kawasaki's Twitter account hijacked, pushes Windows and Mac malware

Guy Kawasaki's Twitter account hijacked, pushes Windows and Mac malware

The Twitter account belonging to venture capitalist and Mac evangelist Guy Kawasaki was hijacked yesterday and used to push malware to some 140,000 Twitter users. The attack (screenshot above) included a link to what purported to be a "sex tape video free download" linked to Gossip Girls star Leighton Meester but, after a series of clicks, the end result was a malicious Trojan.

June 24, 2009 by in Security

Mozilla tackles XSS vulnerabilities with new technology

Mozilla tackles XSS vulnerabilities with new technology

Mozilla's security engineers are working on new technology that promises to mitigate a large class of Web application vulnerabilities, especially the cross-site scripting (XSS) plague against modern Web browsers.The project, called Content Security Policy, is designed to shut down XSS attacks by providing a mechanism for sites to explicitly tell the browser which content is legitimate.

June 22, 2009 by in Security

Coming in July: Month of Twitter Bugs

Coming in July: Month of Twitter Bugs

A well-known security researcher plans to use the month of July to expose serious vulnerabilities in the Twitter ecosystem.The Month of Twitter Bugs, a project which launches on July 1, is the handiwork of Aviv Raff (left), a researcher known for his work on Web-based security issues.

June 15, 2009 by in Social Enterprise

Mozilla slaps band-aid on 11 Firefox flaws

Mozilla slaps band-aid on 11 Firefox flaws

Mozilla has joined this week's patchapalooza with the release of a Firefox update to fix 11 documented security vulnerabilities.Six of the 11 issues are in advisories rated "critical" because of the risk of code execution attacks that could allow hackers to take complete control of a compromised machine.

June 11, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

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