Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is the security editor for ZDNet, covering cyber and national security. He is based in New York newsroom, and is also found on sister-sites CNET and CBS News. You can reach 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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Security Researcher to release Cisco rootkit at EUSecWest

Security Researcher to release Cisco rootkit at EUSecWest

According to good friend Robert McMillan of IDG News, Sebastian Muniz, a researcher with Core Security Technologies, has developed malicious rootkit software for Cisco's routers, which he will release on May 22 at the EuSecWest conference in London. This will mark the first time (at least publicly) that someone has released a rootkit written for the Cisco IOS.

May 14, 2008 by in Security

McAfee isn't "McAfee Secure" or "Hacker Safe"

McAfee isn't "McAfee Secure" or "Hacker Safe"

In my most recent discussion on McAfee, I posted a talkback to Russ McRee stating, tongue in cheek mind you, that it'd be interesting to see an XSS or SQL Injection on McAfee's site, see if they are indeed "McAfee Secure". Well, I guess you get what you ask for...

May 13, 2008 by in Security

A U.S military botnet in the works

A U.S military botnet in the works

Make botnets, not war? In April, last year, I asked the question "Why establish an offensive cyber warfare doctrine when you can  simple install a type of Lycos Spam Fighting screensaver on every military and government computer and have it periodically update its hit lists?

May 12, 2008 by in Security

Major career web sites hit by spammers attack

Major career web sites hit by spammers attack

As assessment of a recently discovered in the wild email harvesting service, released for the purpose of harvesting names, email addresses, and other personal information from major career web sites, to be later on used for targeted spamming and malware campaigns.

May 12, 2008 by in Security

Microsoft previews three critical bulletins; two for Office

Microsoft previews three critical bulletins; two for Office

Microsoft on Thursday previewed three critical bulletins for Microsoft Office and Windows and a moderate denial of service vulnerability for the company's security software.According to Microsoft's advance notification, the software giant will address the following in its Patch Tuesday update May 13:A critical remote code execution vulnerability primarily affecting Microsoft Office (Word) and another critical remote code execution flaw in Publisher.

May 8, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Can I interest you in a glass of Berry Blue Kool-Aid?: A recap of Microsoft Blue Hat v7

Can I interest you in a glass of Berry Blue Kool-Aid?: A recap of Microsoft Blue Hat v7

Hey all,I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend Microsoft Blue Hat v 7 as I had some research that Microsoft was interested in bringing me in to talk about.  Microsoft got to have co-worker and fellow researcher Rob Carter and I in to talk to product security teams about some of the things we'd found, and we got a free pass to an invite only conference that had some great talks.

May 6, 2008 by in Microsoft

House of Hackers social community opens up

House of Hackers social community opens up

PDP, the leader of the Gnucitizen White Hat Hacker outfit announced the opening of the House of Hackers social community yesterday.  The House of Hackers is intended to enable its members to exchange ideas with each other, communicate, form groups, elite circles and tiger/red teams, conglomerate around projects, and participate in a hacker recruitment market.

May 6, 2008 by in Collaboration

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