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.

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Twitter to track users through widgets

Twitter to track users through widgets

Twitter has given details about tracking users across the internet, and options for people who don't want to be tracked, in an updated privacy policy.The social media company will collect information about people when they visit third-party websites, but people's data won't be collected when users are logged-out of Twitter.

published May 22, 2012 by

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HSBC hardware glitch causes ATM outage

HSBC hardware glitch causes ATM outage

HSBC customers had problems withdrawing money from cash machines and paying by HSBC debit cards on Sunday after a hardware failure, according to the bank.Customers trying to use non-HSBC cash machines could not withdraw money from around 17.

published May 21, 2012 by

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ICO works with US, Europe on cookie privacy

ICO works with US, Europe on cookie privacy

The Information Commissioner's Office is working with privacy regulation colleagues in the US and Europe to harmonise approaches to web tracking using cookies.US work on Do Not Track standards needs to dovetail with European privacy regulation efforts on cookies, and take into account the international nature of large businesses with a web presence, Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) group manager Dave Evans told ZDNet UK on Friday.

published May 18, 2012 by

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UK Anonymous branch takes down DWP site

UK Anonymous branch takes down DWP site

A UK branch of Anonymous called the ATeam has claimed responsibility for taking down the website of the Department for Work and Pensions.The group launched a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) website on Friday afternoon after a Channel 4 'Dispatches' documentary found that the DWP had disciplined 992 staff in ten months over data offences.

published May 18, 2012 by

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UK Facebook hacker sentenced to jail for a year

UK Facebook hacker sentenced to jail for a year

A man has been sent to jail for hacking into a Facebook account and accessing the email facility.Gareth Crosskey, a 21 year-old man from Lancing in Sussex, was arrested on 14 July 2011 by officers from the Metropolitan Police Central eCrime Unit (PCeU), having committed the offence in January 2011, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Wednesday.

published May 17, 2012 by

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Most government sites to miss cookie deadline

Most government sites to miss cookie deadline

The majority of government department websites will miss a UK deadline to be compliant with privacy laws regarding cookies, according to the Cabinet Office.ICO boss Christopher Graham says the organisation will take a soft-touch approach with companies that fail to comply with the new rules on website cookies.

published May 17, 2012 by

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Drive-by espionage attacks target Java, Flash flaws

Drive-by espionage attacks target Java, Flash flaws

Hackers are using vulnerabilities in Oracle Java and Adobe Flash to carry out drive-by attacks on visitors to foreign policy, defence, and humanitarian websites, according to security volunteer organisation the Shadowserver Foundation.Drive-by exploits, in which a user visits a website and then is sent to further sites to upload malware, are being used to target users with defence, foreign policy, and humanitarian interests, the Foundation said.

published May 16, 2012 by

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Twitter wants to work with UK government

Twitter wants to work with UK government

Social network Twitter has said it wants to work more closely with UK policy makers, according to the BBC.Twitter, which has over 10 million UK users, is recruiting a UK public policy manager, the BBC said on Tuesday.

published May 15, 2012 by

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HP preps updated ProLiant Gen 8 servers

HP preps updated ProLiant Gen 8 servers

HP has announced updates for its ProLiant Generation 8 server line, which HP has said increase datacentre automation, compared with previous HP servers.Five of the new servers, which are part of its HP's Project Voyager push will use Intel Xeon E5-2400 processors.

published May 15, 2012 by

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Mobile porn filters catch innocent content, says report

Mobile porn filters catch innocent content, says report

Filters for adult content on mobile networks are blocking innocent websites, according to a report by the Open Rights Group and the London School of Economics.Technical measures such as blacklists, designed to filter content that is inappropriate for children, have captured a number of websites that have been misclassified as 'adult' by mobile operators, the Open Rights Group (ORG) said in a report (PDF) on Monday.

published May 14, 2012 by

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Alleged LulzSec hackers' plea date moved

Alleged LulzSec hackers' plea date moved

Four young men from the UK who are accused of being involved in LulzSec hacking attacks have had a plea hearing moved to June.Ryan Cleary, 20, Jake Davis, 19, Ryan Ackroyd, 25, and a 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons will appear before Southwark Crown Court on 25 June, Judge Alistair McCreath told the court on Friday.

published May 11, 2012 by

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Heathrow eGates added to border confusion

Heathrow eGates added to border confusion

Biometric 'eGates' intended to speed immigration checks at Heathrow have in fact slowed passengers down, even though the gates had been altered to allow false positives, according to independent chief inspector of borders and immigration John Vine.A 2011 inspection found that the 'tuning' on the three facial-recognition eGates at Terminal 3 had been 'turned down', allowing incidents such as a wife to pass through the gates using her husband's passport, Vine said in a report (PDF) on Wednesday.

published May 10, 2012 by

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CERN Openlab to tackle cloud challenges

CERN Openlab to tackle cloud challenges

Openlab, a collaboration between CERN and five companies to develop technology to underpin the Large Hadron Collider experiment, will next concentrate on challenges such as cloud computing.Openlab, which involves collaborative research between CERN and HP, Huawei, Intel, Oracle, and Siemens, officially went into its fourth phase on Wednesday.

published May 9, 2012 by

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Microsoft patches 'Sons of Duqu' flaws

Microsoft patches 'Sons of Duqu' flaws

Microsoft has patched a number of software flaws that could have led to information-stealing attacks by Duqu malware, according to security company Qualys.One of the critical 'Patch Tuesday' bulletins, MS12-034, addressed multiple Microsoft products that were vulnerable to the Duqu data-stealing malware, Qualys chief technology officer Wolfgang Kandek said in a statement on Tuesday.

published May 9, 2012 by

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