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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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

India's government: At last, we've cracked Blackberry's encryption

India's government: At last, we've cracked Blackberry's encryption

Following India's threat to shut down the Blackberry network in the country unless Research in Motion allows the government to snoop on Blackberry users made earlier this year, the country seems to have found a more pragmatic solution, and in a surprising move has publicly announced that they have finally managed to crack Blackberry's encryption :"The government has decrypted the data on Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry networks.

September 24, 2008 by in Security

Bill O'Reilly's web site hacked, attackers release personal details of users

Bill O'Reilly's web site hacked, attackers release personal details of users

In what is slowly turning into a endless loop of hacktivism activities, Bill O'Reilly's BillOreilly.com has been compromised during the weekend, with personal details including passwords in plain text for 205 of the site's members already leaking across Internet forums, as a response to his remarks regarding Wikileaks as a "one of those despicable, slimy, scummy websites" which recently published private information of Sarah Palin's private email.

September 23, 2008 by in Security

McAfee buys CipherTr-- err, Secure Computing

McAfee buys CipherTr-- err, Secure Computing

Like every other red-blooded American I take a quick peak at my collapsing retirement and savings portfolios in the morning just to give me that extra kick to head into the office. So I pull up Google Finance to see Secure Computing (SCUR) is, up some 23%, one of the big movers for the day.

September 22, 2008 by in Banking

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