Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is the security editor for ZDNet. You can securely reach him on Signal and WhatsApp at 646-755-8849, and his PGP fingerprint for email is: 4D0E 92F2 E36A EC51 DAAE 5D97 CB8C 15FA EB6C EEA5.

Charlie Osborne

Charlie Osborne is a cybersecurity journalist and photographer who writes for ZDNet and CNET from London. PGP Key: AF40821B | Research/security tips email: cingred@protonmail.com.

Jennifer Leggio

Jennifer Leggio has been in the security industry for 17 years as a marketer, advisor, and writer. Her focus is on security culture, including disclosure, community issues, equality in security, disruptive trends, and even marketing best practices. PGP Key: 3A708289 | She prefers other contact on Twitter via @mediaphyter.

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The ultimate guide to scareware protection

The ultimate guide to scareware protection

Throughout the last two years, scareware (fake security software), quickly emerged as the single most profitable monetization strategy for cybercriminals to take advantage of. Due to the aggressive advertising practices applied by the cybercrime gangs, thousands of users fall victim to the scam on a daily basis, with the gangs themselves earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.

September 13, 2009 by in Security

9/11 related keywords hijacked to serve scareware

9/11 related keywords hijacked to serve scareware

Anticipating the logical peak of 9/11 related keywords on the 8th anniversary of the attacks, cybercriminals have hijacked the trending topic by occupying thousands of related keywords for the purpose of serving fake security software.None of the sites are currently marked as harmful by the SafeBrowsing initiative, due to the evasive tactics applied in the campaign, with the majority of them already appearing within the first twenty results.

September 11, 2009 by in Security

Citizens Financial sued for insufficient E-Banking security

Citizens Financial sued for insufficient E-Banking security

If a fraudulent transaction ever takes place on one of your bank accounts due to their compromise, who's to blame - the bank, for not providing you as a customer with state-of-the-art security mechanisms that could have prevented it, or you, as a customer whose insecure online behavior led to the compromise at the first place?

September 10, 2009 by in Security

'Anonymous' group attempts DDoS attack against Australian government

'Anonymous' group attempts DDoS attack against Australian government

Following a threat posted on YouTube a month ago, the the well known malicious pattern of the "Anonymous group" failed to materialize earlier today when the group attempted to launch a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against the web sites of Australia's Prime Minister and the Australian Communications and Media Authority's web site as a protest against Internet censorship.What tactics did they use, why it failed and who's behind it?

September 9, 2009 by in Security

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