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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Gaping holes in RealPlayer patched

Gaping holes in RealPlayer patched

Digital media delivery firm RealNetworks has shipped a high-prority patch to cover four gaping holes in its flagship RealPlayer software, warning that the vulnerabilities could put users at risk of code execution attacks.The patch comes a few hours after Secunia released an advisory warning for one of the vulnerabilities, a heap-based buffer overflow caused by a design error within RealPlayer's handling of frames in Shockwave Flash (SWF) files.

July 25, 2008 by in Hardware

Britain moves against illegal file sharing

Britain moves against illegal file sharing

CBC News out of Canada is reporting that British ISPs are making an aggressive move against illegal file sharing by implementing a program designed to discover copyright violators, who will be sent warning letters and may potentially have their internet connections disconnected.For more on the article, read below.

July 25, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

GMail adds "https:"-only connections but still not by default

GMail adds "https:"-only connections but still not by default

Google has added a new "Browser Connection" feature to GMail to allow users to force e-mail sessions to always use the more secure "https:" protocol but, strangely, this is not turned on by default.In the Settings tab, at the very bottom, GMail users can now select an "Always use https" option for stronger security, especially when connecting via Wi-Fi.

July 25, 2008 by in Cloud

Click fraud in 2nd quarter of 2008 more sophisticated, botnets to blame

Click fraud in 2nd quarter of 2008 more sophisticated, botnets to blame

Whereas the overall click fraud rate isn't increasing, it's not decreasing either, remaining flat for the first two quarters of 2008, according to data gathered from the Click Fraud Network, consisting of more than 4,000 online advertisers and agencies. Click Forensics report for the second quarter of 2008, indicates that botnets continue being used for click fraud, the preferred and more efficient approach compared to hiring human clickers on a revenue sharing basis.

July 24, 2008 by in Security

Speculation over possible Skype backdoor

Speculation over possible Skype backdoor

There's growing speculation coming out of Europe that there's a backdoor in Skype that allows remote eavesdropping of telephone conversations.A report in the reputable Heise Online says the issue was discussed at a meeting with ISPs last month where high-ranking officials at the Austrian interior ministry claims "it is not a problem for them to listen in on Skype conversations.

July 24, 2008 by in Telcos

Apple looking to hire iPhone hacker

Apple looking to hire iPhone hacker

Apple is in the market for someone capable of hacking into the iPhone.According to this job listing, the company is looking for an iPhone Security Engineer capable of, among other things, developing "proof of concept" attacks on the device's current security mechanisms.

July 24, 2008 by in Security

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