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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Open Discussion: Software firewalls

Open Discussion: Software firewalls

It my recent story on "Patching the Internet" a discussion on how Dan Kaminsky broke, then subsequently helped fix DNS and the Internet, a lot of discussion centered around how the patch was breaking various software firewall applications. Most notably I heard talk of ZoneAlarm having issues.

July 11, 2008 by in Networking

Security is hard, accept it

Security is hard, accept it

* Ryan Naraine is on vacation.Guest editorial by Dr Jose NazarioThe past 10 or 15 years have been about the same things, largely, over and over again: input problems into single system applications or kernels.

July 10, 2008 by in Security

Don't doubt Deputy Dan

Don't doubt Deputy Dan

Well, it would seem that Tom Ptacek may have figured out something to do with Dan Kaminsky's earlier DNS flaw, and this may actually be the vulnerability to fear that we had originally heard.  Let's just say this, I've read Tom's postings on the Matasano blog for quite some time now, and he's a smart enough guy to not be easily impressed.

July 8, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Kaminsky and Ptacek comment on DNS flaw

Kaminsky and Ptacek comment on DNS flaw

Well, well, well, what a day for security news!I got a chance to get the scoop word of mouth from Dan Kaminsky of IOActive (pictured above [image courtesy of quinnums]) and Thomas Ptacek of Matasano (pictured below) on the DNS flaw that's been all over the net today.

July 8, 2008 by in Networking

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