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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Google Chrome vulnerable to carpet-bombing flaw

Google Chrome vulnerable to carpet-bombing flaw

Google's shiny new Web browser is vulnerable to a carpet-bombing vulnerability that could expose Windows users to malicious hacker attacks.Just hours after the release of Google Chrome, researcher Aviv Raff discovered that he could combine two vulnerabilities -- a flaw in Apple Safari (WebKit) and a Java bug discussed at this year's Black Hat conference -- to trick users into launching executables direct from the new browser.

September 2, 2008 by in Google

Microsoft downplays BitLocker password leakage

Microsoft downplays BitLocker password leakage

Microsoft is downplaying the severity of a password leakage issue in BitLocker, the full disk encryption feature built into Windows Vista, insisting that a real world attack scenario is "very unlikely."According to an advisory from iViZ, the password checking routine of Microsoft Bitlocker fails to sanitize the BIOS keyboard buffer after reading passwords, resulting in plain text password leakage to unprivileged local users.

September 2, 2008 by in Hardware

VMware ships patches for 'highly critical' server flaws

VMware ships patches for 'highly critical' server flaws

Virtualization specialist VMware has shipped a mega-patch to cover several "highly critical" vulnerabilities affecting its server and workstation product lines.In all, the patch batch addresses at least 16 documented vulnerabilities affecting the VMware Workstation, VMware Player, VMware ACE, VMware Server and VMware ESX server.

September 2, 2008 by in Hardware

Google Chrome, the security tidbits

Google Chrome, the security tidbits

The oft-rumored Google browser is real. It's called Google Chrome and it comes with a handful of security-related features like privacy mode and blacklist-based blocking of phishing and malware sites.

September 1, 2008 by in Security

Inside India's CAPTCHA solving economy

Inside India's CAPTCHA solving economy

No CAPTCHA can survive a human that's receiving financial incentives for solving it, and with an army of low-waged human CAPTCHA solvers officially in the business of "data processing" while earning a mere $2 for solving a thousand CAPTCHA's, I'm already starting to see evidence of consolidation between India's major CAPTCHA solving companies.

August 29, 2008 by in Social Enterprise

Intel ships BIOS fix for Rutkowska's Black Hat flaw

Intel ships BIOS fix for Rutkowska's Black Hat flaw

Intel has shipped a BIOS update with a fix for a privilege escalation vulnerability that was used by rootkit researcher Joanna Rutkowska to bluepill the Xen hypervisor.The vulnerability was discussed by Rutkowska at the Black Hat briefings earlier this month but details on the exploit were withheld until Intel could release its patch.

August 27, 2008 by in Virtualization

iPhone passcode lock rendered useless

iPhone passcode lock rendered useless

Do not trust that passcode lock on Apple's iPhone.The feature, which lets users set a four-digit pincode to limit access to the device, can be easily bypassed with a few finger taps on the iPhone to give an intruder access to sensitive information.

August 26, 2008 by in iPhone

Feel like taunting an identity thief? Don't.

Feel like taunting an identity thief? Don't.

The next time you get the urge to enter angry messages to phishers on fake (malicious) Web sites, stop and consider this discovery by researcher Joe Stewart.The identity thieves behind the Asprox botnet have built extra logic into phishing sites to detect taunts and subject those computer users to drive-by malware exploits.

August 26, 2008 by in Banking

Microsoft confirms 'InPrivate' IE 8

Microsoft confirms 'InPrivate' IE 8

When Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 browser makeover ships later this year, it will feature several nifty privacy features aimed at giving surfers control over their Web footprints.One week after bloggers discovered clues that IE 8 will include a private browsing (ahem, porn mode), Microsoft used the official IE blog to discuss four new granular controls in the browser.

August 25, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

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