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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Spam coming from free email providers increasing

Spam coming from free email providers increasing

After analyzing three weeks of spam data between June 13 to July 3, 2008, Roaring Penguin Software Inc. found evidence that spam originating from the top three free email providers (Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Hotmail) is increasing, with spammers in favor of abusing Gmail's privacy preserving feature of not including the sender's original IP in outgoing emails :"Spammers are increasingly using free e-mail providers to avoid IP address-based reputation systems.

July 18, 2008 by in Security

Unpatched code execution bug haunts BlackBerry

Unpatched code execution bug haunts BlackBerry

Security alerts aggregator Secunia has raised an alarm for a "highly critical" vulnerability that puts users of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server at risk of code execution attacks.Technical details of bug are not available but Secunia says it is caused by an unspecified error in the BlackBerry Attachment Service when processing PDF files.

July 17, 2008 by in BlackBerry

Ringleader of cybercrime group to be offered a job as cybercrime fighter

Ringleader of cybercrime group to be offered a job as cybercrime fighter

Owen Thor Walker, a 18 years old ringleader of an international cybercrime group, known as AKILL, part of the A-Team, a group of 8 script kiddies which were all caught in a operation called "Operation Bot Roast II" bust executed by the FBI and several international law enforcement agencies in 2007, responsible for pump'n'dump stock price manipulations through spam, infecting 1.

July 16, 2008 by in Security

Big Brother Getting Bigger Part 2: United Kingdom

Big Brother Getting Bigger Part 2: United Kingdom

In a move to bring direct competition to the US on who can be the bigger, badder, more blatant Big Brother, the United Kingdom has apparently decided to create a database holding the telephone numbers and email accounts of everyone in Britain.  The details of every phone conversation, SMS, and email, as well as cellphone internet traffic would be held in the database for 12 months.

July 16, 2008 by in Telcos

Kaminsky to discuss DNS flaw at Black Hat sponsored webcast

Kaminsky to discuss DNS flaw at Black Hat sponsored webcast

The Black Hat group on Twitter provided a message today alerting people to a webcast to be put on by Dan Kaminsky on the DNS vulnerabilities that I've heavily covered as follows: Dan Kaminsky breaks DNS, massive multi-vendor patch coming, details at Black Hat Vegas '08 Kaminsky and Ptacek comment on DNS flaw Don't doubt Deputy DanThe story has also received extensive coverage over at Securosis, where Rich Mogull has provided a podcast on the subject.

July 15, 2008 by in Networking

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