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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Microsoft blames 'human issues' for Bluetooth patch hiccup

Microsoft blames 'human issues' for Bluetooth patch hiccup

Microsoft has re-released its critical MS08-030 bulletin for Windows XP SP2 and SP3 users, warning that "two separate human issues" caused a major hiccup with the critical security patch.The original version of the patch, which corrects a remote code execution flaw in the Windows Bluetooth stack, failed to properly fix the vulnerability for Windows XP users, according to Christopher Budd, a program manager in the MSRC (Microsoft Security Response Center).

June 19, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Security breach hits DivShare, unauthorized access to its database

Security breach hits DivShare, unauthorized access to its database

The popular document and media sharing service DivShare, suffered a security breach according to a security announcement posted by DivShare's support team earlier this week :Late last night we were alerted of a security breach that allowed a malicious user to access our database, which included user e-mail addresses and other basic profile information. No financial information has been accessed by any unauthorized parties.

June 19, 2008 by in Security

2008 Pwnie Awards

2008 Pwnie Awards

Don't forget to go and vote on the Pwnie Awards, which will happen at Black Hat Vegas again this year.  I don't want to campaign for votes, but I wouldn't be pissed if some of my loyal readers out there voted for me, Billy Rios, Rob Carter, and John Heasman and some of our interesting research that I've presented here on the blog.

June 19, 2008 by in Security

China detains web site defacer spreading earthquake rumors

China detains web site defacer spreading earthquake rumors

The Xinhua news agency is reporting that the web site defacer which I mentioned in a previous post regarding the use of web site defacements as tools for psychological operations, has been located and detained in less than a week after he defaced the Seismic Emergency and Public Center of the Guangxi province where he left a fake message on an upcoming earthquake that's going to hit China.

June 18, 2008 by in Security

Finjan uncovers half a gigabyte of stolen data on crimeware servers

Finjan uncovers half a gigabyte of stolen data on crimeware servers

Finjan's Malicious Code Research Center has uncovered a half of gigabyte of stolen data from US Healthcare organizations and from a major airline on crimeware servers in Argentina and Malaysia.A representative of Finjan stated:"Hackers incorporated sophisticated attacks using crimeware toolkits, Trojans, and Command and Control servers to drive traffic from a specific region with specific characteristics.

June 17, 2008 by in Tech & Work

Fresh off the press: iPhoneDbg toolkit hotness

Fresh off the press: iPhoneDbg toolkit hotness

The guys at Core Security just released an iPhoneDbg toolkit that should make exploit development for the iPhone much easier.  This is outstanding news for all, as I think there has been a lot of concern over the quick rise of mobile devices and the new security concerns that they create.

June 17, 2008 by in iPhone

How to recover GPcode encrypted files?

How to recover GPcode encrypted files?

Got backups? In response to the security community's comments on the futile attempt to directly attack the 1024 bit RSA keys using distributed computing, Kaspersky Labs are now reasonably recommending that affected end users lacking backups of their encrypted data, take advantage of data recovery tools :Currently, it's not possible to decrypt files encrypted by Gpcode.

June 15, 2008 by in Security

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