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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Google, Dell in URL redirection 'spyware' flap

Google, Dell in URL redirection 'spyware' flap

Google has invested heavily in several anti-malware/anti-spyware initiatives but the search engine giant might have a spyware problem of its own.According to David Ulevitch, CEO of OpenDNS, Google's revenue-generating URL error alliance with Dell drops a difficult-to-remove program on computers that straddles the spyware line.

May 23, 2007 by in Google

Secunia: 28% of all installed apps are insecure

Secunia: 28% of all installed apps are insecure

Secunia's inspector identified about 4.9 million installed applications, and out of those, 1.4 million applications were found to be lacking critical security patches from the vendors. Opera users were the most tardy in applying critical patches for browser vulnerabilities.

May 16, 2007 by in Security

Defeating UAC with a two-stage malware attack

Defeating UAC with a two-stage malware attack

An independent security researcher has released details on a two-stage malware attack against Windows Vista to show how easy it is for non-privileged code to replace shortcuts on the Start Menu and intercept UAC (User Account Control) privilege elevation prompts.

May 16, 2007 by in Security

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