Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is a security writer-editor for ZDNet. He can be found on sister sites CNET and CBS News. He is based in the New York newsroom. You can send him secure email 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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CanSec West '08 - Pwn2Own contest rules announced

CanSec West '08 - Pwn2Own contest rules announced

The Pwn2Own contest rules were announced recently for CanSecWest '08 coming up next week.Unfortuantely, or fortunately (depending on how you look at it), I won't be able to join in the fun as I will be presenting at Black Hat Europe next week, although you can rest assured I'm going to take a stab at the contest from remote!

March 18, 2008 by in Security

Microsoft Excel patch may lead to to calculation errors

Microsoft Excel patch may lead to to calculation errors

Microsoft plugged more than a few vulnerabilities in Excel last week, but the trade off may be calculation errors.Microsoft's Bill Sisk said in a post late Friday following the software giant's latest patch batch:I wanted to let you know that we have updated bulletin MS08-014 to provide additional information on a newly identified issue that causes Microsoft Excel 2003 calculations to return an incorrect result when a Real Time Data source is used.

March 16, 2008 by in Collaboration

Google: CAPTCHAs aren't dead yet

Google: CAPTCHAs aren't dead yet

CAPTCHAs, those fuzzy letters that are supposed to ensure you're a human when you register for an account, have been under fire of late, but Google says their demise is greatly exaggerated.That's the takeaway from a post by Brad Stone in the New York Times Bits blog.

March 13, 2008 by in Security

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