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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IE 8: Cross scripting defense a double-edged sword

IE 8: Cross scripting defense a double-edged sword

Update: As most of the tech world knows, IE 8 has landed with its first beta, but the security improvements may raise some other issues to ponder.Folks--especially security researchers--are kicking the tires on IE 8 (all resources) and finding a few problems that go along with Microsoft's protection enhancements.

March 13, 2008 by in Security

Microsoft delivers 12 patches to plug Office; 7 for Excel flaws

Microsoft delivers 12 patches to plug Office; 7 for Excel flaws

Microsoft on Tuesday delivered several patches to fix critical vulnerabilities in Office including a well-publicized Excel flaw.In the first bulletin (MS08-014), Microsoft addressed "several privately reported and publicly reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Excel that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Excel file.

March 11, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Hackers for charity group puts tech skills to work for a cause

Hackers for charity group puts tech skills to work for a cause

Well, this may be old news to some, as Johnny Long is pretty well known for his Google hacking exploits, but I thought it was worth bringing up again as it was news to me. In July of 2007, Johnny started a group called "Hackers for Charity", with the goal of applying the skills of the hacking community to charitable organizations that need those skills.

March 7, 2008 by in Banking

IE 8 to add malware blocking

IE 8 to add malware blocking

Amid all the hubbub about the first beta of IE 8 the security features haven't gotten a lot of attention. Part of the problem is that Microsoft hasn't disclosed a lot, but it does appear that the browser will block malware.

March 5, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

New tool cracks most enterprise wireless LANs

New tool cracks most enterprise wireless LANs

If your company or organization runs an enterprise wireless LAN network, I have some troubling news for you.  Odds are high that your current "enterprise-class" wireless LAN deployment is vulnerable to authentication leakage which not only exposes your internal network but all of your server access controls.

March 5, 2008 by in Networking

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