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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Cisco patches IOS vulnerabilities

Cisco patches IOS vulnerabilities

Cisco patched multiple vulnerabilities on Wednesday with the most important fixes covering data-link switching, IPv6 and VPN flaws.Among the highest rated patches (all rated 7 or above on a 10 scale):Cisco patched multiple vulnerabilities in the Data-link Switching (DLSw) feature in its IOS.

March 26, 2008 by in Cisco

Defeating the Same Origin Policy part 2

Defeating the Same Origin Policy part 2

In my first post in this series, I discussed the Same Origin Policy and how it protects us from some very serious attacks, the dangers of domain name based trust, and how to attack implementations of the Same Origin Policy within the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).  In order to demonstrate these concepts, I used two examples of real-world attacks against the Same Origin Policy implementation within the JVM.

March 24, 2008 by in Security

Microsoft confirms Word attacks

Microsoft confirms Word attacks

Microsoft has confirmed reports of vulnerability in Word that allows an attacker to exploit a system via the Microsoft Jet Database Engine, which shares data with Access, Visual Basic and third party applications.Microsoft in its advisory said the potential for attack is "very limited.

March 23, 2008 by in Windows

eVoting systems come under fire

eVoting systems come under fire

As reported by Robert McMillan and Elizabeth Montalbano at IDG News Service, Sequoia voting systems web site has been hacked and subsequently taken down.Sequoia and its voting system is not new to the news, as it was recently investigated by the Attorney General of New Jersey for "voting discrepancies" in last months primaries.

March 20, 2008 by in Government : US

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