Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is a writer-editor for ZDNet, and sister sites CNET and CBS News. He is based in the New York newsroom. His PGP key is: 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.

Violet Blue

Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that includes ABC News and the Wall Street Journal. She has authored and edited award-winning, best selling books in eight translations and has been a sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She has given keynote talks at such conferences as ETech, LeWeb, and the Forbes Brand Leadership Conference, and has given two Tech Talks at Google. In 2010, the London Times named Blue one of “40 bloggers who really count.” Ms. Blue is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet Blue bio courtesy of TTI Vanguard.

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Mozilla extends Firefox 1.5 support

Mozilla extends Firefox 1.5 support

Mozilla seems to be having a hard time pulling the plug on Firefox 1.5. After today, the open-source group planned to stop shipping security and stability updates for Firefox 1.5 but now I'm hearing that support has been extended to the middle of May.

April 24, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

10 questions for MacBook hacker Dino Dai Zovi

10 questions for MacBook hacker Dino Dai Zovi

I caught up with security researcher Dino Dai Zovi to discuss his successful hijack of a MacBook Pro machine at last week's CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, Canada.We talk about the specific vulnerability, the motivation for the attack, Apple's response and his plans around Mac OS X research: RN: What's your OS of choice?

April 23, 2007 by in Security

MacBook Pro hijacked with Safari zero-day

MacBook Pro hijacked with Safari zero-day

Hackers Dino Dai Zovi and Shane Macaulay teamed up to hijack a MacBook Pro laptop at the CanSecWest security conference here, effectively pouring cold water on the Mac faithful's belief that the machines are impenetrable.

April 20, 2007 by in Apple

Botnet herders pounce on Windows DNS RPC flaw

Botnet herders pounce on Windows DNS RPC flaw

Online criminals have pounced on the unpatched Windows DNS Server service vulnerability, using the security hole to seed and replenish for-profit botnets. The latest twist in the ongoing attacks comes less than a week after Microsoft's pre-patch advisory provided clues for hackers to write and release detailed exploit code.

April 17, 2007 by in Windows

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