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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What's the story with these security holes?

What's the story with these security holes?

There are 28 vulnerabilities in the ZDI pipeline, all high-severity, affecting some of the world's biggest IT vendors -- Computer Associates, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Novell, Oracle, IBM, Symantec, Sun Microsystems, Veritas and Borland.

December 10, 2007 by in Microsoft

China connection eyed in Oak Ridge cyber attack

China connection eyed in Oak Ridge cyber attack

Last week's phishing attack at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee reportedly has a China connection.Oak Ridge and Los Alamos National Laboratory were hit with a cyber attack where hackers accessed Social Security numbers and birth dates of visitors to the lab between 1990 and 2004.

December 9, 2007 by in China

Talking malware with Eugene Kaspersky

Talking malware with Eugene Kaspersky

Amidst growing chatter that the anti-virus/anti-spyware market is gasping for air, a veteran virus fighter says desktop security products must add new protection mechanisms to keep pace with aggressive online criminals.

December 6, 2007 by in Security

QuickTime hack allows Second Life currency theft

QuickTime hack allows Second Life currency theft

Security researchers Dino Dai Zovi and Charlie Miller have found a way to exploit an unpatched QuickTime vulnerability to steal Linden Dollars from users in the Second Life virtual world.Dai Zovi (the hacker behind the CanSecWest MacBook Pro hijack) and Miller (creator of the first iPhone code execution exploit) cooked up the QuickTime/Second Life attack during an investigation of the security of online games .

December 4, 2007 by in Security

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