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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: 'We try to reproduce every vulnerability that comes in'

Microsoft: 'We try to reproduce every vulnerability that comes in'

Microsoft outlined what it does with incoming vulnerability research, how it designates flaws and playing the cloak-and-dagger game with hackers.In a Q&A with Ryan Naraine, Jonathan Ness, the lead software engineer on Microsoft's SWI Defense team, addressed a big emerging issue between the software giant and security researchers: Who has the onus to reproduce the flaw?

February 19, 2008 by in Security

Wanted: Black Hat bloggers

Wanted: Black Hat bloggers

Due to a scheduling conflict, I can't make the Black Hat conference so we're calling for guest submissions for Zero Day.In a nutshell, we're looking for brief recaps of the Black Hat presentations and your take on the festivities since I can't be in three places at once.

February 15, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Opera accuses Mozilla of irresponsible disclosure

Opera accuses Mozilla of irresponsible disclosure

In a blog posted yesterday on Opera's website, blogger Claudio Santambrogio tells us that he isn't happy about the way Mozilla handled an Opera security disclosure.  Here's what Claudio had to say:Mozilla notified us of one security issue ( ) the day before they published their public advisory ( ).

February 14, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Vista SP1 still vulnerable to speech recognition 'analog' hole

Vista SP1 still vulnerable to speech recognition 'analog' hole

A little more than a year ago, Sebastian Krahmer posted a question on the Dailydave security mailing list whether Vista's speech recognition was exploitable or not via malicious sound files that could be hosted on websites.  I was the first to answer his call with some initial skepticism but that turned in to astonishment when I ran some tests that confirmed the vulnerability.

February 11, 2008 by in Windows

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