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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Legal concerns stop researchers from disrupting the Storm Worm botnet

Legal concerns stop researchers from disrupting the Storm Worm botnet

What if security researchers were able to disrupt the leftovers of the Storm Worm botnet thanks to a flaw in its communication model allowing them to redirect infected hosts and eventually disinfect them, but fearing legal action have their hands tied?At the 25th Chaos Communication Congress, which took place in December, 2008, German researchers Georg Wicherski, Tillmann Werner, Felix Leder and Mark Schlösser, held a presentation (Stormfucker: Owning the Storm Botnet) demonstration their idea.

January 16, 2009 by in Security

Phishing without bait: The in-session password theft attack

Phishing without bait: The in-session password theft attack

Skilled identity thieves can pilfer user names, passwords and other sensitive data for banking sites without using e-mail lures and other other social engineering tactics.According to a security advisory from Trusteer, hackers can launch what is described as "in-session phishing attacks" using pop-up messages during an active browser session.

January 16, 2009 by in Developer

Malware author greets Microsoft's Windows Defender team

Malware author greets Microsoft's Windows Defender team

A Russian malware author with involvement in the Zlob malware family, one of the most prolific malware families in 2008 thanks to its successful mimicking of video codecs, has left a message for the Windows Defender team inside a sample analyzed by French researchers. The message is a follow-up to a previous note left in October, and is basically greeting Microsoft in respect to their improving detection rates for this malware family.

January 14, 2009 by in Security

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