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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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.

May 30, 2012 by Tom Espiner


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.

May 25, 2012 by Tom Espiner


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.

May 24, 2012 by Tom Espiner


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.

May 24, 2012 by Tom Espiner


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.

May 23, 2012 by Tom Espiner


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.

May 22, 2012 by Tom Espiner


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.

May 21, 2012 by Tom Espiner


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.

May 18, 2012 by Tom Espiner


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.

May 18, 2012 by Tom Espiner


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.

May 17, 2012 by Tom Espiner

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