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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Microsoft's Live launches malware detection service for webmasters

Microsoft's Live launches malware detection service for webmasters

Playing catch-up with Google's Safe Browsing diagnostic, Google's warnings for potentially hackable sites, and Yahoo's SearchScan introduced through their partnership with McAfee, Microsoft's Live Search has updated their Webmaster tools to offer detection for embedded malware. Moreover, as a late entrant they simply had to differentiate, and they did it in the form of providing outbound links check for whether or not the ongoing links have also been embedded with malware.

November 26, 2008 by in Security

Google: no evidence of a Gmail vulnerability

Google: no evidence of a Gmail vulnerability

Following the speculations on the resurrection of what's thought to be an already fixed Gmail flaw which could assist in domain name hijackings, yesterday Google commented that their investigation indicated that the recent domain hijacks should be attributed to a phishing campaign, rather than to a Gmail flaw.

November 25, 2008 by in Security

Symantec puts value of underground transactions at $275M

Symantec puts value of underground transactions at $275M

Those of you looking for statistics to justify your security budgets for next year, look no further: Symantec has released their view of the underground economy as it has evolved over the past year.The qualitative information in the report is amusing, but the quantitative information has far more value to anyone trying to build a justification for infrastructure and security services related to PCI-DSS.

November 25, 2008 by in Security

Cybercriminals release Christmas themed web malware exploitation kit

Cybercriminals release Christmas themed web malware exploitation kit

"Committing cybercrime around the Christmas tree" has always been a tradition for malicious attackers introducing new ways to scam the millions of online shoppers during the holidays. This Christmas isn't going to be an exception, but what has changed compared last couple of years is the tone of the Xmas promotions already circulating across various cybercrime communities.

November 24, 2008 by in Security

Microsoft is 5th most spam-friendly ISP

Microsoft is 5th most spam-friendly ISP

Spammers are abusing Microsoft's online services at such an alarming rate that a non-profit spam fighting group now lists Microsoft as the world's 5th most spam-friendly ISP (Internet Service Provider).The latest update of Spamhaus.

November 21, 2008 by in Microsoft

Verizon snoops peek at Obama's cell phone records

Verizon snoops peek at Obama's cell phone records

Nosy Verizon employees improperly accessed and peeked at Barack Obama's personal cell phone records, the company said in a statement acknowledging the privacy breach.In the statement, Verizon Wireless chief executive Lowell McAdam apologized to the President-elect and vowed that the errant employees will be disciplined.

November 20, 2008 by in Mobility

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