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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Skeletons in Microsoft's Patch Day closet

Skeletons in Microsoft's Patch Day closet

Last Tuesday, when Microsoft released the MS07-030 bulletin to fix a remote code execution hole in Visio, the first line in the executive summary caught my attention:This important update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in addition to other security issues identified during the course of the investigation.

June 20, 2007 by in Microsoft

Does Trillian have a crapware problem?

Does Trillian have a crapware problem?

StopBadware.org researcher Liana Leahy has taken Cerulean Studios to task for bundling two third-party applications into the popular free Trillian IM client, arguing that users who are not careful during the Trillian installation process could end up with a crapware problem.

June 19, 2007 by in PCs

Windows v Linux - Days of risk in 2006

Windows v Linux - Days of risk in 2006

Microsoft's Jeff Jones has released his "days of risk" comparison of security vulnerabilities fixed in the major workstation operating systems in an attempt to prove his controversial argument that Windows users are arguably safer than those using Linux, Mac OS X or Solaris.I recently wrote about Jones' presentation this year's TechEd conference where he discussed the metrics and techniques used to keep track of OS vulnerabilities and offered an early glimpse at his ongoing 2007 report card.

June 15, 2007 by in Linux

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