Tom Espiner

Tom is a technology reporter for He covers the security beat, writing about everything from hacking and cybercrime to threats and mitigation. He also focuses on open source and emerging technologies, all the while trying to cut through greenwash.

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NatWest: No end in sight for IT glitch fallout

An unknown number of NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank customers are continuing to experience problems with payments into and out of their accounts, with no timeline for when systems will be completely back to normal, RBS has warned.Significant problems facing Ulster Bank customers are likely to continue for at least a week, and a minority of NatWest and RBS customers still have unprocessed transactions, RBS said in a statement on Wednesday.

June 27, 2012 by Tom Espiner


LulzSec's Cleary pleads guilty to SOCA, CIA attacks

LulzSec hacker Ryan Cleary has admitted launching distributed denial-of-service attacks against the websites of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the CIA.Cleary, along with fellow LulzSec member Jake Davies, 19, pleaded guilty to a series of attacks on the websites of organisations including News International and Sony, the Guardian reported on Monday.

June 25, 2012 by Tom Espiner


Natwest, RBS customers hit by balance glitch

A technical fault has affected transactions for a number of Natwest, Ulsterbank, and RBS customers, leaving some unable to use on and offline banking services.The fault meant that RBS, Natwest and Ulsterbank systems failed to properly update customers' balances overnight, leading to problems for customers expecting money to go in or out of accounts today, an RBS spokeswoman told ZDNet UK on Thursday.

June 21, 2012 by Tom Espiner


Supreme Court rejects Assange appeal bid

The Supreme Court has dismissed a request by Wikileaks head Julian Assange to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden to face questioning over sex crimes.Seven Supreme Court judges found that the reasoning of Assange's defence in making the application was "without merit", the court said in a statement on Thursday.

June 14, 2012 by Tom Espiner


Commission gives Google antitrust deadline in July

The European Commission has given Google until the beginning of July to come up with 'concrete steps' to address search concerns as part of an ongoing antitrust probe.Google must devise ways to address four areas of concern the Commission highlighted to Google in May, competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia said in a speech on Friday.

June 8, 2012 by Tom Espiner

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Expert: Firms need wider e-crime reporting options

Businesses need to be able to report cyber- and electronic crime to a number of organisations, and not only to the police, according to Cambridge University computer security expert Richard Clayton.Companies can currently report serious cybercrime to different police forces and units in the UK, including units in the Metropolitan and City of London police.

June 7, 2012 by Tom Espiner


Pirate Bay blocked by O2 and Be Broadband

O2 has said it will start blocking access to The Pirate Bay file-sharing website following a High Court order in April.The UK internet service provider (ISP) said on Thursday that it had no choice but to try to stop its UK customers from accessing the Swedish website.

June 7, 2012 by Tom Espiner


CSC and NHS hit fresh deadlock over Lorenzo debacle

US systems integrator CSC and the NHS have extended talks over the 'unworkable' Lorenzo patient care records system until the end of August, with CSC giving a gloomy prognosis about reaching an agreement over Lorenzo.CSC warned investors in a US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) filing on Friday that it may not be able to reach an agreement with the Department of Health (DoH) over the Lorenzo patient records debacle, which has bruised both organisations.

June 7, 2012 by Tom Espiner


Top e-cop: Olympics suppliers may be cyber targets

Olympics suppliers and sponsors may be more of a target for cyberattack than central Olympics IT systems, according to Police Central eCrime Unit head Charlie McMurdie.Many of the central IT systems used to run the Olympics will not be easily accessible from the internet, McMurdie told ZDNet UK at a Westminster eForum cybersecurity event on Wednesday.

May 30, 2012 by Tom Espiner