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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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

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

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