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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Verizon snoops peek at Obama's cell phone records

Verizon snoops peek at Obama's cell phone records

Nosy Verizon employees improperly accessed and peeked at Barack Obama's personal cell phone records, the company said in a statement acknowledging the privacy breach.In the statement, Verizon Wireless chief executive Lowell McAdam apologized to the President-elect and vowed that the errant employees will be disciplined.

November 20, 2008 by in Mobility

Malware found in Lenovo software package

Malware found in Lenovo software package

Computer maker Lenovo is shipping a malware-infected software package to Windows XP users, according to warning from anti-virus researchers at Microsoft.The malicious file was identified by Microsoft as Win32/Meredrop, a Trojan dropper that is used to install and execute multiple malicious executables on an infected computer.

November 19, 2008 by in Security

Fake Windows XP activation trojan goes 2.0

Fake Windows XP activation trojan goes 2.0

Known as Kardphisher and "in the wild" since April, 2007, last week the malware author of this trojan horse mimicking the Windows XP activation interface while collecting the credit card details the end user has submitted, has made significant changes to visual interface and usability of the trojan, consequently improving its authenticity. Guess what happens when a gullible end user falls victim into this social engineering attack?

November 18, 2008 by in Security

Commercial vendor of spyware under legal fire

Commercial vendor of spyware under legal fire

Just like every decent marketer out there, vendors of commercial malware tools are very good at positioning their tools. However, their pitches often contradict with themselves in a way that what's promoted as a Remote Administration Tool, has in fact built-in antivirus software evading capabilities, rootkit functionality and tutorials on how to remotely infect users over email.

November 18, 2008 by in Security

What really happened to the candidates' computers?

What really happened to the candidates' computers?

Now that two weeks have passed since the end of the presidential campaigns, it is worthwhile to take a look at what I think should have one of the biggest cybercrime stories of the year. As Ryan blogged the day after the election, both the McCain and the Obama campaigns' systems were compromised by an external party, and this compromise lead to a massive data exfiltration.

November 18, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Microsoft kills OneCare, replaces it with freebie 'Morro'

Microsoft kills OneCare, replaces it with freebie 'Morro'

Microsoft today announced plans to kill its Windows Live OneCare PC care and security suite and replace it with a free anti-malware utility.The new product, code-named "Morro," will be designed for a smaller footprint that will use fewer computing resources, making it ideal for low-bandwidth scenarios or less powerful PCs, Microsoft said its surprise announcement.

November 18, 2008 by in Security

Anti fraud site hit by a DDoS attack

Anti fraud site hit by a DDoS attack

The popular British anti-fraud site Bobbear.co.uk is currently under a DDoS attack (distributed denial of service attack) , originally launched last Wednesday, and is continuing to hit the site with 3/4 million hits daily from hundreds of thousands of malware infected hosts mostly based in Asia and Eastern Europe, according to the site's owner.

November 17, 2008 by in Security

VoIP vulnerabilities in Microsoft Communicator

VoIP vulnerabilities in Microsoft Communicator

Researchers at VoIPshield Labs have pinpointed a wide range of denial-of-service vulnerabilities in Microsoft Communicator, the unified communications that features business-grade instant messaging , voice, and video tools.The flaws, rated "high severity," could cripple VoIP-powered communications on Office Communications Server 2007, Office Communicator and Windows Live Messenger.

November 17, 2008 by in Security

Sun plugs holes in StarOffice

Sun plugs holes in StarOffice

Two weeks after the OpenOffice.org team shipped patches for code execution flaws in office suite, Sun Micrososystems has followed up with a high-priority update for StarOffice, which is based on the open-source code.

November 14, 2008 by in Oracle

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