Tom Espiner

Tom is a technology reporter for ZDNet.com, writing about all manner of security and open-source issues.Tom had various jobs after leaving university, including working for a company that hired out computers as props for films and television, and a role turning the entire back catalogue of a publisher into e-books.Tom eventually found that journalism was for him, and after a period of freelancing, landed a job as security reporter for ZDNet UK. 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.

Latest Posts

NatWest: No end in sight for IT glitch fallout

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.

published June 27, 2012 by

Comments

LulzSec's Cleary pleads guilty to SOCA, CIA attacks

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.

published June 25, 2012 by

Comments

Natwest, RBS customers hit by balance glitch

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.

published June 21, 2012 by

Comments

Supreme Court rejects Assange appeal bid

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.

published June 14, 2012 by

Comments

Commission gives Google antitrust deadline in July

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.

published June 8, 2012 by

Comments

Expert: Firms need wider e-crime reporting options

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.

published June 7, 2012 by

Comments

Pirate Bay blocked by O2 and Be Broadband

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.

published June 7, 2012 by

Comments

CSC and NHS hit fresh deadlock over Lorenzo debacle

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.

published June 7, 2012 by

Comments

Top e-cop: Olympics suppliers may be cyber targets

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.

published May 30, 2012 by

Comments

Police expect Anonymous backlash to Assange verdict

Police expect Anonymous backlash to Assange verdict

UK police expect hacktivist group Anonymous to launch distributed-denial-of-service attacks in protest over a UK Supreme Court decision that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden.The Metropolitan Police Central eCrime Unit (PCeU) are monitoring online chatter on Twitter and internet relay chat channels about the Supreme Court decision on Wednesday morning.

published May 30, 2012 by

Comments

ICO to enforce cookie law from this weekend

ICO to enforce cookie law from this weekend

UK data protection authorities will start to enforce a year-old cookie law from this weekend.UK organisations must be able to show they are making efforts to get consent for placing tracking programs called 'cookies' on web visitors' computers and devices from Saturday.

published May 25, 2012 by

Comments

Autonomy bosses jump HP ship

Autonomy bosses jump HP ship

Many of Autonomy's executives have left or are the process of resigning since HP took over the company half a year ago, according to Autonomy. Six executives have handed in their resignation since the HP acquisition in addition to Autonomy founder and chief executive Mike Lynch leaving, Autonomy said on Thursday.

published May 24, 2012 by

Comments

Assange to hear Supreme Court verdict next week

Assange to hear Supreme Court verdict next week

The UK Supreme Court is to hand down a ruling on Wednesday on whether Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden, the court has said.The ruling will decide whether Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny had the authority to issue a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) for Assange's extradition.

published May 24, 2012 by

Comments

TalkTalk: Don't force ISPs across porn-filter Rubicon

TalkTalk: Don't force ISPs across porn-filter Rubicon

The UK government should not force ISPs to mandate opt-in porn filters, according to Google and Talk Talk.Government plans to legislate for network-level parental controls that force people to either opt-in or opt-out of pornographic and violent content "would be a mistake", and Google head of UK public policy Sarah Hunter told the Google Big Tent event on Wednesday in answer to a question from ZDNet UK.

published May 23, 2012 by

Comments

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.

Top Stories