Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is the security editor for ZDNet, covering cybersecurity, national security, policy and privacy. He is based out of the New York newsroom, and can also be found on sister sites CNET and CBS News. You can contact 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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Fedora infrastructure breach?

Fedora infrastructure breach?

Has there been a security breach in Red Hat Fedora's infrastucture systems?According to a cryptic announcement posted to the Fedora-Announce mailing list, the open-source group is investigating an unspecified "issue in the infrastructure systems" that has resulted in widespread service outages.

August 18, 2008 by in Security

1.5m spam emails sent from compromised University accounts

1.5m spam emails sent from compromised University accounts

With the increasingly common spamming as a service underground propositions relying on botnets, and services offering thousands of pre-registered accounts at popular email providers, it would be logical to consider that old school techniques consisting of compromising accounts and abusing them to send as many spam emails as possible in the shortest time frame achievable, have long disappeared from the arsenal of the spammer. However, there are always "amateur exceptions" proving otherwise.

August 15, 2008 by in Security

Where on earth are these Microsoft patches?

Where on earth are these Microsoft patches?

Lost in the shuffle of this month's Patch Tuesday barrage is the fact that a critical vulnerability in the ever-present Windows Media Player (WMP) was not fixed "because of a last minute quality issue."Microsoft originally listed the WMP update in the advance notice for August but, when the patches dropped on Tuesday, it had slipped because of patch-quality concerns.

August 14, 2008 by in Windows

Measuring (not so) recent BIND nameserver patching

Measuring (not so) recent BIND nameserver patching

Guest editorial by Derek CallawayThis post is meant to provide an approximation of BIND nameserver updates that occurred during the past month, most likely in response to Dan Kaminsky's DNS cache poisoning vulnerability. I conducted this research because I was curious as to how widely BIND nameserver updates have been deployed given that a month has passed since US-CERT first alerted the public about the nature of the vulnerability and availability of patches.

August 14, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

VMware blames stray code for 'time bomb' hiccup

VMware blames stray code for 'time bomb' hiccup

VMware boss Paul Maritz is blaming "a piece of code" mistakenly left in the final release of ESX for the time-bomb hiccup that crippled virtual machines around the world.In a message posted online, Maritz said the glitch caused a license expiration hiccup that caused virtual machines to be powered off, suspended fail or disrupted migration.

August 13, 2008 by in VMWare

Microsoft plugs IE, Office in big patch haul

Microsoft plugs IE, Office in big patch haul

Microsoft patched 26 vulnerabilities with its latest patch including 20 flaws that were deemed critical.Here's the rundown of critical flaws (full bulletin):CVE-2008-2254, CVE-2008-2255, CVE-2008-2256, CVE-2008-2257, CVE-2008-2259 and CVE-2008-2258: These patches fix IE 5 through 7 on various flavors of Windows and address HTML objects memory corruption vulnerabilities as well as memory corruption issues.

August 12, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

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