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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Xbox Live hacked, accounts stolen

Xbox Live hacked, accounts stolen

Online gaming forums are buzzing with reports that Xbox Live accounts linked to Microsoft's Windows Live ID service are being hijacked by malicious hackers. Kevin Finisterre, a security researcher at Digital Munition, raised the issue on the Full Disclosure mailing list over the weekend, calling attention to rumors that Microsoft's Bungie.

March 20, 2007 by in Microsoft

Punditry: Will Microsoft buy flaws?

Punditry: Will Microsoft buy flaws?

Last week, I wrote about hackers starting to agitate for Microsoft (and other software vendors) to start paying for information on security vulnerabilities. As a follow-up to that post, I pinged a few security research pros, asking whether they agreed it's inevitable will start buying bugs.

March 19, 2007 by in Microsoft

A Red Hat (Linux) mega patch

A Red Hat (Linux) mega patch

Here's a major security update that may have slipped under the (mainstream media) radar.The new version of RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) desktop includes fixes for a wide range of vulnerabilities, some rated "critical.

March 16, 2007 by in Security

Old Windows kernel bug comes back to bite

Old Windows kernel bug comes back to bite

On October 22, 2004, Argentine hacker Cesar Cerrudo approached Microsoft with the discovery of a Windows Kernel GDI local privilege escalation vulnerability.  At the time, Cerrudo said Redmond's security response team deemed it a "design problem" and filed it away as something "to be fixed in a future service pack.

March 12, 2007 by in Windows

Vista vulnerable to 'Sticky Keys' backdoor

Vista vulnerable to 'Sticky Keys' backdoor

From the "neat-find-department" comes word from McAfee that Windows Vista is vulnerable to a Sticky Keys backdoor that could be exploited -- under perfect circumstances -- to launch malicious executables.McAfee researcher Vinoo Thomas said the security risk, which is already well-known on Windows XP, exists because Windows Vista does not check the integrity of the Sticky Keys file (%systemroot%windowssystem32sethc.

March 12, 2007 by in Windows

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