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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E pur se muove (and yet it moves)

E pur se muove (and yet it moves)

* Ryan Naraine is traveling. Guest editorial by Ivan ArceOn January 15, 2008, the Vatican released a statement indicating that Pope Benedict XVI had canceled his visit to Italian La Sapienza University as a result of a series of protests during the previous days.

December 2, 2008 by in Security

Vendor claims Acrobat 9 passwords easier to crack than ever

Vendor claims Acrobat 9 passwords easier to crack than ever

Password recovery software vendor ElcomSoft claims that the password verification mechanism in the new Adobe Acrobat 9 is weaker than the one used in the previous version of Adobe's product, thereby allowing them to improve the brute forcing speed a hundred times faster. The company's claim comes right after Adobe's implementation of 256-bit encryption in their Acrobat 9.

December 2, 2008 by in Security

Breaking the zero-day habit

Breaking the zero-day habit

* Ryan Naraine is traveling.Guest editorial by Mike Rothman Given that this blog is called "Zero Day," I think it's fitting that I'm calling for most security professionals to ignore most of what comes out of the security research community.

December 1, 2008 by in Security

IT expert executed in Iran

IT expert executed in Iran

Following Pakistan's recently introduced "Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance 2008” according to which potential cyberterrorists would face the death penalty, a neighboring country, Iran, has recently executed an IT expert who confessed of being an Israeli spy for at least three years.

December 1, 2008 by in Security

Apple: Mac users should run multiple anti-virus

Apple: Mac users should run multiple anti-virus

One of Apple's better Mac vs PC ads features a strong message that Windows computers are a magnet for viruses (malware) but Macs are automatically protected.  As PC "ah-choos" his way through an infection, Mac offers a tissue and smugly infers that he's immune to the 114,000 Windows viruses.

December 1, 2008 by in Security

Microsoft's Live launches malware detection service for webmasters

Microsoft's Live launches malware detection service for webmasters

Playing catch-up with Google's Safe Browsing diagnostic, Google's warnings for potentially hackable sites, and Yahoo's SearchScan introduced through their partnership with McAfee, Microsoft's Live Search has updated their Webmaster tools to offer detection for embedded malware. Moreover, as a late entrant they simply had to differentiate, and they did it in the form of providing outbound links check for whether or not the ongoing links have also been embedded with malware.

November 26, 2008 by in Security

Google: no evidence of a Gmail vulnerability

Google: no evidence of a Gmail vulnerability

Following the speculations on the resurrection of what's thought to be an already fixed Gmail flaw which could assist in domain name hijackings, yesterday Google commented that their investigation indicated that the recent domain hijacks should be attributed to a phishing campaign, rather than to a Gmail flaw.

November 25, 2008 by in Security

Symantec puts value of underground transactions at $275M

Symantec puts value of underground transactions at $275M

Those of you looking for statistics to justify your security budgets for next year, look no further: Symantec has released their view of the underground economy as it has evolved over the past year.The qualitative information in the report is amusing, but the quantitative information has far more value to anyone trying to build a justification for infrastructure and security services related to PCI-DSS.

November 25, 2008 by in Security

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