Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is the security editor for ZDNet. You can send tips securely via Signal and WhatsApp to 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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Demo exploits posted for unpatched MS Word vulnerability

Demo exploits posted for unpatched MS Word vulnerability

A security researcher has released demo exploits for what appears to be a critical --  unpatched -- memory corruption vulnerability affecting the ubiquitous Microsoft Word software program.The proof-of-concept exploits accompany a warning that the flaw affects Microsoft Office 2000 and Microsoft Office 2003.

June 23, 2008 by in Security

Researcher keeps 'carpet bomb' attack alive, despite patch

Researcher keeps 'carpet bomb' attack alive, despite patch

Security research Billy Rios posted an article today about the Apple Safari "Carpet Bomb" attack, discussing a new issue that, despite the patch which prevented a "blended" remote command execution attack when Safari was used in conjunction with IE on a Windows system, keeps the "Carpet Bomb" attack alive and well.

June 20, 2008 by in Security

Apple security team finds code execution holes in Ruby

Apple security team finds code execution holes in Ruby

A member of Apple's security team has discovered multiple serious security vulnerabilities in Ruby, the popular open-source scripting language.According to an advisory on the Ruby project site, Apple's Drew Yao reported at least six of the vulnerabilities, which can be exploited to cause a denial-of-service  condition or the execution of arbitrary code.

June 20, 2008 by in Apple

Phishers targeting Facebook users, fake logins spammed through hacked accounts

Phishers targeting Facebook users, fake logins spammed through hacked accounts

A currently active phishing campaign is circulating across Facebook end users' walls, using already compromised accounts to post the phishing links, tricking the user into thinking it's a legitimate friend sending the message in order to redirect them to a fake login page. The campaign is taking advantage of multiple typosquatted domains which are in a fast-flux state, namely, they respond to multiple IP addresses and change them automatically every three minutes in this particular attack.

June 20, 2008 by in Social Enterprise

Free Sourcefire tool pinpoints hostile MS Office files

Free Sourcefire tool pinpoints hostile MS Office files

Sourcefire, the company behind the popular Snort intrusion detection system, has released a freeware utility to help identify potentially threatening Microsoft Office files.The tool, called OfficeCat, can be used to process Microsoft Office documents -- Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher -- determine if possible exploit conditions exist.

June 20, 2008 by in Microsoft

Microsoft blames 'human issues' for Bluetooth patch hiccup

Microsoft blames 'human issues' for Bluetooth patch hiccup

Microsoft has re-released its critical MS08-030 bulletin for Windows XP SP2 and SP3 users, warning that "two separate human issues" caused a major hiccup with the critical security patch.The original version of the patch, which corrects a remote code execution flaw in the Windows Bluetooth stack, failed to properly fix the vulnerability for Windows XP users, according to Christopher Budd, a program manager in the MSRC (Microsoft Security Response Center).

June 19, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Security breach hits DivShare, unauthorized access to its database

Security breach hits DivShare, unauthorized access to its database

The popular document and media sharing service DivShare, suffered a security breach according to a security announcement posted by DivShare's support team earlier this week :Late last night we were alerted of a security breach that allowed a malicious user to access our database, which included user e-mail addresses and other basic profile information. No financial information has been accessed by any unauthorized parties.

June 19, 2008 by in Security

2008 Pwnie Awards

2008 Pwnie Awards

Don't forget to go and vote on the Pwnie Awards, which will happen at Black Hat Vegas again this year.  I don't want to campaign for votes, but I wouldn't be pissed if some of my loyal readers out there voted for me, Billy Rios, Rob Carter, and John Heasman and some of our interesting research that I've presented here on the blog.

June 19, 2008 by in Security

China detains web site defacer spreading earthquake rumors

China detains web site defacer spreading earthquake rumors

The Xinhua news agency is reporting that the web site defacer which I mentioned in a previous post regarding the use of web site defacements as tools for psychological operations, has been located and detained in less than a week after he defaced the Seismic Emergency and Public Center of the Guangxi province where he left a fake message on an upcoming earthquake that's going to hit China.

June 18, 2008 by in Security

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