Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is a writer-editor for ZDNet, and sister sites CNET and CBS News. He is based in the New York newsroom. His PGP key is: 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.

Violet Blue

Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that includes ABC News and the Wall Street Journal. She has authored and edited award-winning, best selling books in eight translations and has been a sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She has given keynote talks at such conferences as ETech, LeWeb, and the Forbes Brand Leadership Conference, and has given two Tech Talks at Google. In 2010, the London Times named Blue one of “40 bloggers who really count.” Ms. Blue is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet Blue bio courtesy of TTI Vanguard.

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IE vs Firefox: Microsoft crunches security numbers

IE vs Firefox: Microsoft crunches security numbers

Jeff Jones, security strategy director in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing group, is at it again, comparing three years of vulnerability data for the two main Web browsers -- Internet Explorer and Firefox -- to reach a conclusion that IE is arguably much safer than the open-source rival.

November 30, 2007 by in Security

Apple QuickTime under siege

Apple QuickTime under siege

Not counting silent (undocumented) fixes, Apple has patched at least 32 security flaws affecting QuickTime in 2007. Last year, the QuickTime patch count was 28. Five was documented in 2005. There's no real end in sight...

November 30, 2007 by in Security

Google SEO poisoning: The saga may continue

Google SEO poisoning: The saga may continue

Another round of bogus malware touting sites may be headed toward Google's search results again, according to the researcher tracking the issue.Earlier today, Sunbelt Software reported that Google had eradicated the malware scourge hampering search results.

November 29, 2007 by in Google

Google nixes malware attack

Google nixes malware attack

Google has eradicated those bogus malware sites from its search results.As noted by Sunbelt Software on Monday and Tuesday, Google search results were being gamed by hackers.

November 28, 2007 by in Google

Zero Days: How to protect yourself

Zero Days: How to protect yourself

The SANS Institute released its top 20 security risks for 2007, which documents the security arms race between cyber criminals and the folks playing defense. But let's focus on the big scourge--zero day attacks.

November 28, 2007 by in Security

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