Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is the security editor for ZDNet. You can securely reach him on Signal and WhatsApp at 646-755-8849, and his PGP fingerprint for email is: 4D0E 92F2 E36A EC51 DAAE 5D97 CB8C 15FA EB6C EEA5.

Charlie Osborne

Charlie Osborne is a cybersecurity journalist and photographer who writes for ZDNet and CNET from London. PGP Key: AF40821B

Jennifer Leggio

Jennifer Leggio has been in the security industry for 17 years as a marketer, advisor, and writer. Her focus is on security culture, including disclosure, community issues, equality in security, disruptive trends, and even marketing best practices. PGP Key: 3A708289 | She prefers other contact on Twitter via @mediaphyter.

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Dead-finger tech: 3G USB Modem, Prestigio Powerbank 501

Dead-finger tech: 3G USB Modem, Prestigio Powerbank 501

Connectivity is addictive, and in my line of work it's a prerequisite for timely assessing the latest cybercrime incidents as they emerge in order to properly respond to them. Next to connectivity, I put mobility as the second most important success factor, in particular my ability to increase the average working time for my power-hungry laptop.

August 3, 2009 by in Mobility

Mozilla patches 'critical' Firefox flaws

Mozilla patches 'critical' Firefox flaws

Mozilla has released two advisories to patch serious security flaws in its flagship Firefox Web browser.The vulnerabilities are rated "critical," meaning they can be exploited by malicious hackers to run harmful code and install software, requiring no user interaction beyond normal browsing.

August 3, 2009 by in Security

Hacker demos persistent Mac keyboard attack

Hacker demos persistent Mac keyboard attack

Apple's sleek $49 Mac keyboards can be hacked and infected with keystroke loggers and impossible-to-detect rootkits, according to a security researcher presenting at this year's Black Hat/DEFCON conferences.The researcher, known only as "K.

August 3, 2009 by in Apple

Fake ATM, skimmers found in Las Vegas hotels

Fake ATM, skimmers found in Las Vegas hotels

A Google security researcher attending the Black Hat/DEFCON conferences in Las Vegas was victimized by a skimming device placed in an ATM at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.Chris Paget, an RFID security expert who now works on Google's security team, said he lost $200 to a rigged ATM that also claimed several other victims.

August 2, 2009 by in Security

419 scammers using Dilbert.com

419 scammers using Dilbert.com

Scammers too, know Dilbert.On their way to search for clean IPs through which to send out yet another scam email, 419 con-artists (Mrs Sharon Goetz Massey) have recently started  using Dilbert.

July 27, 2009 by in Security

Microsoft to ship emergency IE, Visual Studio patches

Microsoft to ship emergency IE, Visual Studio patches

Less than a month after a first pass at patching a troublesome flaw affecting its dominant Internet Explorer browser, Microsoft has announced plans to release two emergency updates with a comprehensive fix for the problem.The unusual move comes on the heels of a bombshell blog post by reverse engineering specialist Halvar Flake that the original IE kill-bit fix was "insufficient" and that Microsoft "might have accidentally introduced security vulnerabilities into third-party products.

July 26, 2009 by in Developer

A Good Year for Security Collaboration

A Good Year for Security Collaboration

Guest Editorial by  George StathakopoulosIt seems like just yesterday when I was at Black Hat.  Now as I get ready to fly to Las Vegas again, I look forward to seeing a lot of security researchers, hearing their latest exploits and how they fared over the last 352 days.

July 26, 2009 by in Security

Adobe 'zero-day' flaw is eight months old

Adobe 'zero-day' flaw is eight months old

The current zero-day attacks against Adobe Flash Player are not quite zero-day after all.   According to new information, Adobe's security response team knew about the vulnerability since December 31, 2008 (see image below) but it was misdiagnosed as a "data loss corruption" issue.

July 24, 2009 by in Security

China's Green Dam and the cyberwar implications

China's Green Dam and the cyberwar implications

Guest editorial by Oliver DayChinese military leaders have always been aware of the military advantage the US has over the People's Liberation Army.  Reading through their published assessments of Sino-US war possibilities confirm our belief that we would dominate them in the air, land and sea.

July 23, 2009 by in Security

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