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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Gaping holes in Trillian IM client

Gaping holes in Trillian IM client

Trillian users beware:  There are multiple serious security holes in the popular cross-platform IM application.According to alerts issued by TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), the vulnerabilities allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Trillian Pro.

May 22, 2008 by in Security

How to wipe data off an iPhone

How to wipe data off an iPhone

In reponse to reports that personally identifiable private information can be easily swiped from used iPhones sold on eBay, the tireless Rich Mogull has cooked up a nifty way to wipe data from iPhones.Mogull admits his process is "not perfect" but it does look to be an easy way to overload the iPhone with music files to force an overwrite of the device's storage.

May 21, 2008 by in Storage

iCal vulnerabilities put Mac OS X users at risk

iCal vulnerabilities put Mac OS X users at risk

Heads up to Mac OS X users:  It appears Apple will be shipping high-priority security patches sometime today. (See important update at the end)According to a security alert from vulnerability research and pen testing firm Core Security, Apple is about to release patches for three remotely exploitable security vulnerabilities in iCal, the personal calendar application that ships on Mac OS X.

May 21, 2008 by in Apple

No security software, no E-banking fraud claims for you

No security software, no E-banking fraud claims for you

Rational, but unrealistic in today's threatscape. According to the Times :"Customers using their credit or debit cards online have been advised that high street banks are likely to become increasingly reluctant to help victims of internet fraud as new rules added to the Banking Code signal less willingness to cover losses.

May 20, 2008 by in Banking

McAfee partner isn't McAfee secure

McAfee partner isn't McAfee secure

I was over reading Russ McRee's blog today, and I've got to say, if McAfee's HackerSafe (or whatever they're calling it now) doesn't die off soon, then he'll be able to write a novel about their trials and tribulations.Apparently, McAfee authorized distributor Winferno.

May 20, 2008 by in Security

What is the U.S. doing about security?  Part 2.

What is the U.S. doing about security? Part 2.

Wow that was quick.  No sooner did I get done posting my last article and I see on Wired the following story:Once again, supposedly sensitive information blacked out from a government report turns out to be visible by computer experts armed with the Ctrl+C keys — and that information turns out to be not very sensitive after all.

May 20, 2008 by in Telcos

Over 1.5 million pages affected by the recent SQL injection attacks

Over 1.5 million pages affected by the recent SQL injection attacks

In an attempt to mitigate the impact of the recent waves of SQL injection attacks, and provide more transparency into the approximate number of affected pages, the Shadowserver Foundation is starting to maintain a list of all the malicious domains used in the continuing efforts by copycats to inject as many legitimate sites as possible. Currently counting over fifty malicious domains, and the corresponding number of affected pages by them, the total number is just over 1.

May 20, 2008 by in Security

False alarm!

False alarm!

Update 05/20/08: Sorry ladies and gents, I have to retract my previous entry.  I had mentioned that 24 flaws were patched for Mozilla today, but what I didn't realize was that the announcement was specific to gentoo emerge packages and that this was actually fixed sometime ago.

May 20, 2008 by in Open Source

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