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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U.S. Justice Department to be sued

U.S. Justice Department to be sued

From Slashdot:tpaudio writes "The ACLU and the EFF are suing the Department of Justice over how the government might be using GPS and location data from cell phones. With over 200 million Americans carrying cell phones, this could be pretty important for setting guidelines.

July 7, 2008 by in Mobility

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

For all of my blasting of the TSA and the US Government for our strange, inappropriate, inadequate, and sometimes unacceptable security practices, I am damn proud to be an American. There's many countries I've visited in this world, and I love many of them, but none like the good old U.

July 4, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Storm Worm's Independence Day campaign

Storm Worm's Independence Day campaign

A Storm Worm's Independence Day campaign is circulating online using email as propagation vector, attempting to trick users into visiting a Storm Worm infected host, where a multitude of what looks like over five different exploits attempt to automatically infect the visitors next to the malware binary fireworks.exe.

July 4, 2008 by in Social Enterprise

Apple caught neglecting iPhone security

Apple caught neglecting iPhone security

If you're waiting on iPhone 2 to standardize your business on the awesome new device (yeah, I'll be on line to buy one), you might want to pay attention to the conspicuous absence of iPhone security patches over the last four months.As WaPo's Brian Krebs reports, the iPhone runs a stripped down version of Mac OS X but, even though OS X security updates are coming fast and furious, the iPhone has been neglected.

July 3, 2008 by in iPhone

Can Mozilla's security metrics project end the patch-counting nonsense?

Can Mozilla's security metrics project end the patch-counting nonsense?

In partnership with indie security consultant Rich Mogull (left) Mozilla has launched a valuable Security Metrics Project that could help to -- we can only hope -- put an end to the silly notion that patch-counting helps to determine a product's security posture.The idea is to develop a metrics model that goes beyond simple bug counts to accurately reflect the effectiveness of secure development efforts and the relative risk to users over time.

July 3, 2008 by in Security

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