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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Study: Silent patching best for securing browsers

Study: Silent patching best for securing browsers

Google's decision to silently update the Chrome browser -- without the user's knowledge or consent --  has put the company at the head of the pack when it comes to securing modern Web browsers.That's the big takeaway from a new study that argues that silent updaters are the most effective way to ensure the widest possible distribution of security patches.

May 5, 2009 by in Apple

Botnet hijack: Inside the Torpig malware operation

Botnet hijack: Inside the Torpig malware operation

Security researchers at University of California, Santa Barbara have broken into the nerve center of the Torpig botnet (also called Sinowal or Mebroot) to find a 10-day stash of 10,000 bank accounts and credit card numbers worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.During the botnet hijack, the researchers exploited a weakness in the way the bots tried to locate their C&C servers and found an underground online crime operation collecting about 70GB of stolen data over just ten days.

May 4, 2009 by in Banking

Adobe plugs hole in Flash Media Server

Adobe plugs hole in Flash Media Server

Adobe has shipped a Flash Media Server patch to fix a vulnerability that allowed attackers to execute remote procedures in Flash Media Interactive Server or Flash Media Streaming Server.The update is available for Adobe Flash Media Streaming Server 3.

April 30, 2009 by in Security

Five 'must-secure' Web app vulnerabilities

Five 'must-secure' Web app vulnerabilities

Security holes in the Apache Geronimo Application Server and SAP cFolders headline a list of five serious Web app vulnerabilities that demand immediate attention.According to Mark Painter from the HP Security Laboratory, the Geronimo flaws expose users to a variety of attack vectors that could lead to the theft of sensitive information and cookie-based authentication credentials.

April 29, 2009 by in Security

Online broker CommSec criticised for weak passwords, lack of SSL

Online broker CommSec criticised for weak passwords, lack of SSL

In times when vendors are vertically integrating by offering virtual keyboards for secure Ebanking, and banks themselves are requiring end users to run antivirus software if they were to file a fraud claim, others are busy fixing security design flaws.Earlier this month, a Melbourne based computer programmer discovered that the 1.

April 29, 2009 by in Security

Adobe: Turn off JavaScript in PDF Reader

Adobe: Turn off JavaScript in PDF Reader

In response to confirmed reports of a zero-day vulnerability in its PDF Reader software, Adobe today urged users on all platforms to disable JavaScript as a temporary measure to avoid code execution attacks.In sharp contrast to previous problems in responding to known security issues, the company acted swiftly to provide information on the affected software versions and offer mitigation guidance to its customers.

April 28, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Swine flu email scams circulating

Swine flu email scams circulating

Opportunistic scammers and spammers are actively exploiting the swine flu buzz across the web by spamvertising links to pharmaceutical scams, and bogus 'Swine Flu Survival Guides' using search engine optimization of typosquatted domains related to the outbreak.

April 28, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Internet Explorer + Google Chrome = security problem

Internet Explorer + Google Chrome = security problem

Security problems surrounding protocol handling and Web browsers have surfaced again -- this time with Google Chrome and Microsoft's Internet Explorer.According to an advisory from the Google Chrome team, there's an error in handling URLs with the a chromehtml: protocol that could allow an attacker to run scripts of his choosing on any page or enumerate files on the local disk under certain conditions.

April 27, 2009 by in Security

Is Twitter finally taking security seriously?

Is Twitter finally taking security seriously?

Now that Oprah's all a twitter, it looks like everyone's favorite micro-blogging tool is finally taking a hard look at security.According to a job listing posted online, Twitter is searching for software engineers to focus specifically on application and infrastructure security.

April 27, 2009 by in Security

Macs in the enterprise: The security conundrum

Macs in the enterprise: The security conundrum

Guest editorial by Andrew StormsManaging IT for a software company has its challenges.  For me, the lines between efficiency, security and innovation are difficult to draw at a company like nCircle where engineers require some freedom to perform their best.

April 27, 2009 by in Security

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