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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Microsoft previews three critical bulletins; two for Office

Microsoft previews three critical bulletins; two for Office

Microsoft on Thursday previewed three critical bulletins for Microsoft Office and Windows and a moderate denial of service vulnerability for the company's security software.According to Microsoft's advance notification, the software giant will address the following in its Patch Tuesday update May 13:A critical remote code execution vulnerability primarily affecting Microsoft Office (Word) and another critical remote code execution flaw in Publisher.

May 8, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Can I interest you in a glass of Berry Blue Kool-Aid?: A recap of Microsoft Blue Hat v7

Can I interest you in a glass of Berry Blue Kool-Aid?: A recap of Microsoft Blue Hat v7

Hey all,I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend Microsoft Blue Hat v 7 as I had some research that Microsoft was interested in bringing me in to talk about.  Microsoft got to have co-worker and fellow researcher Rob Carter and I in to talk to product security teams about some of the things we'd found, and we got a free pass to an invite only conference that had some great talks.

May 6, 2008 by in Microsoft

House of Hackers social community opens up

House of Hackers social community opens up

PDP, the leader of the Gnucitizen White Hat Hacker outfit announced the opening of the House of Hackers social community yesterday.  The House of Hackers is intended to enable its members to exchange ideas with each other, communicate, form groups, elite circles and tiger/red teams, conglomerate around projects, and participate in a hacker recruitment market.

May 6, 2008 by in Collaboration

More bad news for McAfee, HackerSafe certification

More bad news for McAfee, HackerSafe certification

Dan Godin posted a great article that was picked up by The Register a couple days ago about continued challenges for McAfee's newly purchased HackerSafe division.  I find the article interesting as HackerSafe uses a scanning tool that probes for web application security flaws...

May 1, 2008 by in Security

Word up to Linux fan boys: Multiple Linux flaws show that Linux also has kernel issues

Word up to Linux fan boys: Multiple Linux flaws show that Linux also has kernel issues

Not to defend Microsoft, as kernel exploits that provide privileged access are terrible flaws, but we had an interesting discussion in the talkbacks where several people acted as if Microsoft was the only place that could've made such mistakes.  Well, the proof is in the pudding that this is a common flaw across operating systems that is difficult to catch due to the complexities of kernel code.

May 1, 2008 by in Security

Italy reveals population's tax, salary details

Italy reveals population's tax, salary details

Italy's tax department posted every Italian's declared earnings and tax contributions on a site that was quickly overwhelmed by onlookers.According to the BBC:There has been outrage in Italy after the outgoing government published every Italian's declared earnings and tax contributions on the internet.

May 1, 2008 by in Government

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