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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Finding and exploiting holes in software features

Finding and exploiting holes in software features

* Ryan Naraine is on vacation. Guest Editorial by Nate McFetersWith the holiday season fast approaching, and being so in the spirit of giving,  I thought I'd compile a list of the top features that led to security issues I discovered with co-researcher Billy Rios.

November 23, 2007 by in Google

In zombies we trust

In zombies we trust

* Ryan Naraine is on vacation. Guest Editorial by Dan GeerWhen the Internet was young, the design assumption for electronic commerce was clear: The client initiated the connection from a trusted machine and needed to be assured that the server side was not an impostor.

November 19, 2007 by in Security

Belated Firefox patch coming for (another) protocol handling bug

Belated Firefox patch coming for (another) protocol handling bug

Mozilla security chief Window Snyder says the "jar:" protocol handler issue that currently haunts Firefox will be fixed very soon in the next refresh of the browser.The problem (see previous coverage) is that Firefox's "jar:" protocol handler does not validate the MIME type of the contents of an archive, which are then executed in the context of the site hosting the archive.

November 16, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

Rogue anti-malware lures squirming though Skype

Rogue anti-malware lures squirming though Skype

Malicious hackers are using Skype to try to trick Windows users into buying a rogue anti-malware application. The lures arrive via Skype's instant messaging feature with a warning that malware has been detected on the machine and urging users to buy and run a fake "repair utility.

November 15, 2007 by in Security

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