Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is a security writer-editor for ZDNet. He can be found on sister sites CNET and CBS News. He is based in the New York newsroom. You can send him secure email 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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Infamous vendor of "AntiVirus XP" badware sued

Infamous vendor of "AntiVirus XP" badware sued

The software purveyor behind AntiVirus XP, a fake anti-virus package, has been sued and will hopefully be put out of business.There has been plenty of information available on this organization for some time, yet unsuspecting consumers continue to hand over their own money for what amounts to malware.

September 30, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Firefox + NoScript vs Clickjacking

Firefox + NoScript vs Clickjacking

In response to my story earlier on the cross-browser Clickjacking exploit/threat, I received the following e-mail from Giorgio Maone, creator of the popular Firefox NoScript plug-in:Hi Ryan,I've seen a lot of speculation and confusion in the comments to your Clickjacking article about NoScript not being able to mitigate [the issue].

September 25, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

EA Spore backlash could help end DRM

EA Spore backlash could help end DRM

Guest editorial by Oliver DayThe backlash over DRM has finally started to gather serious momentum.Everyday consumers started a campaign to give the highly anticipated game Spore one-star ratings on Amazon.

September 24, 2008 by in Security

Defense-in-depth in practice

Defense-in-depth in practice

A long portion of my career in information security was spent as a security consultant. I would come into an engagement and either analyze data or an architecture and provide recommendations to the client on improvements they could make in their security posture.

September 24, 2008 by in Security

Researchers discover PDF exploit packs

Researchers discover PDF exploit packs

If you still need a reason to patch that installation of Adobe Reader, pay close attention to this discovery by Secure Computing's anti-malware research labs.The group has stumbled upon an exploit pack that exclusively targets PDF vulnerabilities, exposing millions of Windows desktops to malicious hacker attacks.

September 24, 2008 by in Security

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