Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is the security editor for ZDNet, covering cyber and national security. He is based in New York newsroom, and is also found on sister-sites CNET and CBS News. You can reach 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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Adobe PDF patch released, but only for some

Adobe PDF patch released, but only for some

After weeks of swinging and missing on proper response to a gaping security hole in its ever-present PDF Reader software, Adobe has finally shipped a patch but only for some affected users.On the same day Microsoft issued its scheduled batch of patches, Adobe dropped a security bulletin warning of a "critical" vulnerability in Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9 and earlier versions.

March 10, 2009 by in Security

Microsoft fixes critical Windows kernel, WINS flaws

Microsoft fixes critical Windows kernel, WINS flaws

Microsoft today shipped three security bulletins with fixes for at least 8 documented vulnerabilities affecting millions of Windows OS users.The most serious of this month's patch batch is rated "critical" and could allow full remote execution attacks if a Windows user is simply lured into viewing a booby-trapped image file.

March 10, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Russia kinda-sorta owns up to Estonia cyberwar

Russia kinda-sorta owns up to Estonia cyberwar

Radio Free Europe is reporting that an official from Putin's party has publicly stated that he orchestrated the 2007 DDoS Attacks on Estonia.The information security and military communities have been speculating for the past two years about who were the primary actors behind the 2007 Estonian DDoS attacks.

March 8, 2009 by in Security

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