Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is the security editor for ZDNet, covering cyber and national security. He is based in New York newsroom, and is also found on sister-sites CNET and CBS News. You can reach 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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Legal concerns stop researchers from disrupting the Storm Worm botnet

Legal concerns stop researchers from disrupting the Storm Worm botnet

What if security researchers were able to disrupt the leftovers of the Storm Worm botnet thanks to a flaw in its communication model allowing them to redirect infected hosts and eventually disinfect them, but fearing legal action have their hands tied?At the 25th Chaos Communication Congress, which took place in December, 2008, German researchers Georg Wicherski, Tillmann Werner, Felix Leder and Mark Schlösser, held a presentation (Stormfucker: Owning the Storm Botnet) demonstration their idea.

January 16, 2009 by in Security

Phishing without bait: The in-session password theft attack

Phishing without bait: The in-session password theft attack

Skilled identity thieves can pilfer user names, passwords and other sensitive data for banking sites without using e-mail lures and other other social engineering tactics.According to a security advisory from Trusteer, hackers can launch what is described as "in-session phishing attacks" using pop-up messages during an active browser session.

January 16, 2009 by in Developer

Malware author greets Microsoft's Windows Defender team

Malware author greets Microsoft's Windows Defender team

A Russian malware author with involvement in the Zlob malware family, one of the most prolific malware families in 2008 thanks to its successful mimicking of video codecs, has left a message for the Windows Defender team inside a sample analyzed by French researchers. The message is a follow-up to a previous note left in October, and is basically greeting Microsoft in respect to their improving detection rates for this malware family.

January 14, 2009 by in Security

RIM warns of BlackBerry PDF processing vulnerabilities

RIM warns of BlackBerry PDF processing vulnerabilities

Hackers can use booby-trapped PDF attachments sent to BlackBerry devices to launch malicious code execution attacks, according to warnings issued by Research in Motion (RIM).The company shipped patches this week to address a pair of critical vulnerabilities affecting its enterprise product line.

January 13, 2009 by in Hardware

AVG snaps up Sana Security

AVG snaps up Sana Security

One of the last stand-alone host-based intrusion detection product vendors has been picked up by an anti-virus firm.The Redwood City-based HIPS vendor Sana Security has been acquired by the popular AV vendor AVG for an undisclosed sum.

January 13, 2009 by in Networking

Oracle drops critical database server patch bundle

Oracle drops critical database server patch bundle

Oracle has dropped the first quarterly critical patch update for 2009 -- with patches for 41 vulnerabilities in a wide range of database server products.The January 2009 CPU includes 20 new security fixes for the company's flagship database product lines, 4 new security fixes for the Oracle Application Server, 9 vulnerabilities in Oracle Secure Backup, 4 new security fixes for the Oracle Applications Suite, and 6 new security fixes for the PeopleSoft and JDEdwards Suite.

January 13, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

MS Patch Tuesday: 3 critical SMB vulnerabilities

MS Patch Tuesday: 3 critical SMB vulnerabilities

Microsoft today shipped a solitary bulletin with patches for at least three documented security flaws in the Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol.The three vulnerabilities, rated "critical" on Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, exposes Windows users to remote code execution attacks, Microsoft said in its MS09-001 bulletin.

January 13, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

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