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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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Did Skype just change my password without warning?

Did Skype just change my password without warning?

So, Skype just came back up for me after 24 hours of being offline.Then this sudden error message while I was in the middle of a work-related conversation (Skype is my primary phone service for work):With all the speculation swirling that this outage might be linked to a malicious hacking attack, I'm curious about whether this is a random bug linked to network problems or something more sinister.

August 17, 2007 by in Security

Questions swirl as Sourcefire buys ClamAV

Questions swirl as Sourcefire buys ClamAV

Sourcefire's acquisition of the ClamAV project -- a deal that includes trademarks and copyrights of the popular open-source anti-virus toolkit -- has raised eyebrows among industry watchers worried about the future of free security products.

August 17, 2007 by in Open Source

Kaspersky Lab eyes IPO, acquisitions

Kaspersky Lab eyes IPO, acquisitions

Steve Orenberg, who heads up Kaspersky's U.S. unit and joins the board as a new director, says the restructuring is the first step in a strategic plan to pursue an IPO (initial public offering) exit.

August 13, 2007 by in Legal

On deck: Critical Windows, Office, IE patches

On deck: Critical Windows, Office, IE patches

Microsoft plans to ship nine security bulletins next Tuesday with patches for a wide range of "critical" vulnerabilities affecting the Windows operating system, the Microsoft Office productivity suite and the widely deployed Internet Explorer browser.

August 9, 2007 by in Windows

Cisco.com goes dark on patch day

Cisco.com goes dark on patch day

On the same day Cisco released patches for multiple operating system and software vulnerabilities, the network routing and switching vendor suffered an outage that knocked the Cisco.com offline for about three hours.

August 9, 2007 by in Cisco

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