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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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Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that includes ABC News and the Wall Street Journal. She has authored and edited award-winning, best selling books in eight translations and has been a sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She has given keynote talks at such conferences as ETech, LeWeb, and the Forbes Brand Leadership Conference, and has given two Tech Talks at Google. In 2010, the London Times named Blue one of “40 bloggers who really count.” Ms. Blue is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet Blue bio courtesy of TTI Vanguard.

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Vista's Windows Mail vulnerable to file-execution attack

Vista's Windows Mail vulnerable to file-execution attack

A design error in Microsoft's Windows Mail, the e-mail application bundled into Windows Vista, could expose users to remote file-execution attacks, according to a warning from security researchers.A hacker known as "Kingcope" published proof-of-concept code to show that remote code execution is possible if a user is tricked into clicking a malicious link.

March 23, 2007 by in Windows

90-day report card: Windows Vista fared better than competitors

90-day report card: Windows Vista fared better than competitors

Ninety days after the release of Microsoft's Windows Vista to business customers, the new operating system has a much better security vulnerability profile than its predecessor and several other modern workstation operating systems including Red Hat, Ubuntu, Novell and Apple products.That's according to Jeff Jones, security strategy director in Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group.

March 22, 2007 by in Security

Xbox Live hacked, accounts stolen

Xbox Live hacked, accounts stolen

Online gaming forums are buzzing with reports that Xbox Live accounts linked to Microsoft's Windows Live ID service are being hijacked by malicious hackers. Kevin Finisterre, a security researcher at Digital Munition, raised the issue on the Full Disclosure mailing list over the weekend, calling attention to rumors that Microsoft's Bungie.

March 20, 2007 by in Microsoft

Punditry: Will Microsoft buy flaws?

Punditry: Will Microsoft buy flaws?

Last week, I wrote about hackers starting to agitate for Microsoft (and other software vendors) to start paying for information on security vulnerabilities. As a follow-up to that post, I pinged a few security research pros, asking whether they agreed it's inevitable will start buying bugs.

March 19, 2007 by in Microsoft

A Red Hat (Linux) mega patch

A Red Hat (Linux) mega patch

Here's a major security update that may have slipped under the (mainstream media) radar.The new version of RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) desktop includes fixes for a wide range of vulnerabilities, some rated "critical.

March 16, 2007 by in Security

Old Windows kernel bug comes back to bite

Old Windows kernel bug comes back to bite

On October 22, 2004, Argentine hacker Cesar Cerrudo approached Microsoft with the discovery of a Windows Kernel GDI local privilege escalation vulnerability.  At the time, Cerrudo said Redmond's security response team deemed it a "design problem" and filed it away as something "to be fixed in a future service pack.

March 12, 2007 by in Windows

Vista vulnerable to 'Sticky Keys' backdoor

Vista vulnerable to 'Sticky Keys' backdoor

From the "neat-find-department" comes word from McAfee that Windows Vista is vulnerable to a Sticky Keys backdoor that could be exploited -- under perfect circumstances -- to launch malicious executables.McAfee researcher Vinoo Thomas said the security risk, which is already well-known on Windows XP, exists because Windows Vista does not check the integrity of the Sticky Keys file (%systemroot%windowssystem32sethc.

March 12, 2007 by in Windows

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