Tom Espiner

Tom is a technology reporter for ZDNet.com. 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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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.

May 17, 2012 by Tom Espiner

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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.

May 16, 2012 by Tom Espiner

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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.

May 15, 2012 by Tom Espiner

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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.

May 15, 2012 by Tom Espiner

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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.

May 14, 2012 by Tom Espiner

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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.

May 11, 2012 by Tom Espiner

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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.

May 10, 2012 by Tom Espiner

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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.

May 9, 2012 by Tom Espiner

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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.

May 9, 2012 by Tom Espiner

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