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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Hackers exploiting (unpatched) IE 7 flaw to launch drive-by attacks

Hackers exploiting (unpatched) IE 7 flaw to launch drive-by attacks

Malicious hackers are exploiting a zero-day flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser to launch a new wave of drive-by downloads, according to a warning from security researchers.The Web attacks, first reported by Bob McMillan, takes aim at users running IE 7 on Windows XP SP2 and includes the use of a Trojan downloader that commandeers Windows machines for nefarious purposes.

December 9, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

With or without McColo, spam volume increasing again

With or without McColo, spam volume increasing again

It was only a matter of time for spam volume to sky rocket again, despite McColo's shutdown in November. Two weeks after the cybercrime-friendly ISP got disconnected from the Internet, spam volumes are increasing once again with the main botnets using it as a command and control location regaining their strength by migrating to new hosting locations.

December 8, 2008 by in Security

Coming on Patch Tuesday: 8 bulletins, 6 critical

Coming on Patch Tuesday: 8 bulletins, 6 critical

The final Microsoft Patch Tuesday for 2008 will be a big one: 8 bulletins covering serious code execution flaws in a wide range of ubiquitous software.According to the company's advance notice mechanism,  six of the eight bulletins will be rated "critical," Microsoft's highest severity rating.

December 4, 2008 by in Windows

Secunia: Less than 2% of Windows PCs fully patched

Secunia: Less than 2% of Windows PCs fully patched

It's long been established that the unpatched state of the Windows monoculture is the reason we are facing a malware epidemic.Yet, the latest vulnerability patching statistics from Secunia's PSI (Personal Software Inspector) is a major eye-opener for everyone tracking the security of the Windows ecosystem.

December 3, 2008 by in Security

Let's be smart about patching databases

Let's be smart about patching databases

* Ryan Naraine is traveling.Guest editorial by Slavik MarkovichEvery quarter, around the time of the Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU) or the Microsoft "Patch Tuesday," rituals take place – some behind closed doors, others in the media.

December 3, 2008 by in CXO

Drexel students hijack online poll, get underwear

Drexel students hijack online poll, get underwear

A few weeks ago I saw that students at my alma mater organized a small botnet to push Drexel to the front of the queue for Victoria's Secret's line of university branded underwear. It took a brief remark from a blog I frequent to make me realize that there is actually a small computer security story here.

December 3, 2008 by in Security

ICANN terminates EstDomains, Directi takes over 280k domains

ICANN terminates EstDomains, Directi takes over 280k domains

Following ICANN's notice of termination sent to cybercrime-friendly domain registrar EstDomains in October, on the 24th of November the termination became a reality and EstDomains is no more. Despite the public concerns of who will take the 280,000 domains, and that includes the cybercrime facilitating ones, Directi's ResellerClub is new home for EstDomains customers.

December 3, 2008 by in Security

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