Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is the security editor for ZDNet. You can securely reach him on Signal and WhatsApp at 646-755-8849, and his PGP fingerprint for email is: 4D0E 92F2 E36A EC51 DAAE 5D97 CB8C 15FA EB6C EEA5.

Charlie Osborne

Charlie Osborne is a cybersecurity journalist and photographer who writes for ZDNet and CNET from London. PGP Key: AF40821B

Jennifer Leggio

Jennifer Leggio has been in the security industry for 17 years as a marketer, advisor, and writer. Her focus is on security culture, including disclosure, community issues, equality in security, disruptive trends, and even marketing best practices. PGP Key: 3A708289 | She prefers other contact on Twitter via @mediaphyter.

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More bad news for McAfee, HackerSafe certification

More bad news for McAfee, HackerSafe certification

Dan Godin posted a great article that was picked up by The Register a couple days ago about continued challenges for McAfee's newly purchased HackerSafe division.  I find the article interesting as HackerSafe uses a scanning tool that probes for web application security flaws...

May 1, 2008 by in Security

Word up to Linux fan boys: Multiple Linux flaws show that Linux also has kernel issues

Word up to Linux fan boys: Multiple Linux flaws show that Linux also has kernel issues

Not to defend Microsoft, as kernel exploits that provide privileged access are terrible flaws, but we had an interesting discussion in the talkbacks where several people acted as if Microsoft was the only place that could've made such mistakes.  Well, the proof is in the pudding that this is a common flaw across operating systems that is difficult to catch due to the complexities of kernel code.

May 1, 2008 by in Security

Italy reveals population's tax, salary details

Italy reveals population's tax, salary details

Italy's tax department posted every Italian's declared earnings and tax contributions on a site that was quickly overwhelmed by onlookers.According to the BBC:There has been outrage in Italy after the outgoing government published every Italian's declared earnings and tax contributions on the internet.

May 1, 2008 by in Government

HP plugs latest ActiveX software update flaw

HP plugs latest ActiveX software update flaw

HP has plugged another ActiveX vulnerability in its software update application.The patch (CVE-2008-0712) covers "a potential vulnerability has been identified with the HPeDiag ActiveX control which is a component of HP Software Update running under windows.

April 28, 2008 by in Security

Developers at fault?  SQL Injection attacks lead to wide-spread compromise of IIS servers

Developers at fault? SQL Injection attacks lead to wide-spread compromise of IIS servers

There's been a lot of noise and violent thrashing over the last couple days regarding a flaw that was originally believed to be a flaw in Microsoft's IIS (Internet Information Server), but has since been pointed out as simply a well thought out SQL Injection attack. For those of you who aren't familiar with SQL Injection attacks, it's a pretty well known web application attack vector that exists in high volume on dynamic applications, say for instance, on your banking site.

April 28, 2008 by in Developer

More URI handler issues to come

More URI handler issues to come

Rob Carter, Billy Rios, and I have been blogging about and speaking at conferences like Black Hat and ToorCon all year on the subject of URI handler abuse.  One might think these types of flaws are soon to go away, but one look at SecurityFocus and FullDisclosure today and you can see that's not the case.

April 25, 2008 by in Security

LendingTree insiders leak customer data

LendingTree insiders leak customer data

LendingTree, an online loan referral service owned by IAC, has informed select customers that their confidential data has been leaked to "a handful of lenders" by company insiders.An email to customers that may have been impacted by the breach refers folks to an FAQ that's basically hidden on the LendingTree site.

April 22, 2008 by in Collaboration

Websense: UN, UK sites compromised by JavaScript injection

Websense: UN, UK sites compromised by JavaScript injection

Websense on Tuesday said that the UN and UK government sites are being attacked in a mass JavaScript injection attack.According to Websense:Websense Security Labs has been tracking a recent development of the malicious JavaScript injection that compromised thousands of domains at the start of this month, just 2-3 weeks ago.

April 22, 2008 by in Developer

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