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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Google to introduce warnings for potentially hackable sites

Google to introduce warnings for potentially hackable sites

Last week, Google's Patrick Chapman and Matt Cutts announced that they're experimenting with a new security feature aiming to alert webmasters on the potential for having their sites hacked due to the outdated version of their web applications, starting with Wordpress only :"Recently we've seen more websites get hacked because of various security holes.

October 22, 2008 by in Security

Inside an affiliate spam program for pharmaceuticals

Inside an affiliate spam program for pharmaceuticals

Bargaining with your health doesn't just mean you're heading for a shorter life expectancy, but also, increases the chances that you will either get scammed in the process, or have to pay more in the long-term while dealing with the health issues arising from using expired pharmaceutical with unverifiable origins, you bargained for at the first place.

October 20, 2008 by in Security

Researchers hack wired keyboards, hijack keystrokes

Researchers hack wired keyboards, hijack keystrokes

A team of Swiss researchers say there are several ways to recover keystrokes from wired keyboards by simply measuring the electromagnetic radiations emitted when keys are pressed.In all, the team of researchers from the Security and Cryptography Laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, found four  different ways to fully or partially recover keystrokes from wired keyboards at a distance up to 20 meters, even through walls.

October 20, 2008 by in Hardware

Google readying fix for Chrome file download flaw

Google readying fix for Chrome file download flaw

Just hours after the release of the Google Chrome browser last month, researcher Aviv Raff discovered that he could combine two vulnerabilities -- a flaw in Apple Safari (WebKit) and a Java bug -- to trick users into launching executables direct from the new browser. (Here's a demo showing how a Google Chrome users can be lured into downloading and launching a JAR (Java Archive) file that gets executed without warning.

October 20, 2008 by in Security

Security will suffer in the financial crisis

Security will suffer in the financial crisis

As many of you already know, the anti-Midas touch of the financial crisis is spreading to the technology sector. Sequoia Capital, one of the largest VC funds in Silicon Valley, gave a presentation that pretty much said become profitable now or pack up and go home.

October 19, 2008 by in Security

Survey: 88% of Mumbai's wireless networks easy to compromise

Survey: 88% of Mumbai's wireless networks easy to compromise

Deloitte's recently released Wireless Security Survey assessing Mumbai's -- India's financial capital -- state of security awareness in respect to wireless security, shows an ugly picture of insecure wireless networks in both, business, and residential districts. With Mumbai being the home of India's most important financial institutions, next to the majority of multinational corporations, it may also turn into the playground for the next high profile data breach.

October 16, 2008 by in Security

Secunia: popular security suites failing to block exploits

Secunia: popular security suites failing to block exploits

In a recently conducted comparative review, Danish security company Secunia, tested the detection rate of 12 different Internet Security Suites against 300 exploits (144 malicious files and 156 malicious web pages) affecting popular end user applications, to find that even the top performer in the test is in fact performing poorly in general. Their conclusion :"These results clearly show that the major security vendors do not focus on vulnerabilities.

October 14, 2008 by in Security

Debate around 'partial disclosure' heats up

Debate around 'partial disclosure' heats up

There are many ways of telling the world about a security vulnerability. A vulnerability can be announced without telling the vendor, it can be announced after giving the vendor a period of time to fix the issue, or it may just be circulated amongst the underground without ever coming to the surface.

October 13, 2008 by in Security

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