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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Mozilla patches leaky add-ons issue

Mozilla patches leaky add-ons issue

Mozilla has patched a memory-consumption issue in Firefox caused by leaky add-ons, but has found the patch may not be 100 percent successful.Mozilla developer Nicholas Nethercote tested a patch by fellow developer Kyle Huey for six add-ons, including McAfee SiteAdvisor 3.

May 8, 2012 by in Security

Apple Lion bug exposed passwords, says researcher

Apple Lion bug exposed passwords, says researcher

An Apple Mac OSX Lion update has left passwords encrypted using an older version of FileVault exposed to people with root or administrator access to Lion systems, according to security researcher David Emery.Apple turned on a debug switch called DEBUGLOG in its February update to Lion, 10.

May 8, 2012 by in Security

Tony Sale Award to recognise computer conservation

Tony Sale Award to recognise computer conservation

Technologists and engineers involved in computer conservation projects have been invited to compete for an award named in honour of the late Tony Sale, who led the rebuilding project of the Colossus code-breaking computer.The Tony Sale Award will recognise achievements in computer conservation, and is named after the late Colossus rebuilder (pictured).

May 8, 2012 by in Security

BBC hits out at Chinese broadcast blocks

BBC hits out at Chinese broadcast blocks

The BBC has condemned Chinese censorship of BBC satellite broadcasts and website pages.The latest satellite broadcast to be blocked by the Chinese authorities was a piece on BBC World News on Wednesday about blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, BBC World Service director Peter Horrocks said in a blog post on Thursday.

May 4, 2012 by in Security

ESA to send probe to Jupiter's icy moons

ESA to send probe to Jupiter's icy moons

The European Space Agency will send a probe to Jupiter's icy moons to look for signs of life under the ice, and to see if life could be sustained there, the agency has announced.The Jupiter Icy moons Explorer — Juice — will embark on a mission of over a decade to study Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto as potential habitats, the European Space Agency (ESA) said in a statement on Wednesday.

May 4, 2012 by in Security

'Unknowns' hack European Space Agency

'Unknowns' hack European Space Agency

The European Space Agency has said that a group of hackers called 'The Unknowns' successfully hacked into external servers and got access to user identity information.The Unknowns used SQL injection to attack databases through the European Space Agency (ESA) website, ESA security office manager Stefano Zatti told ZDNet UK on Thursday.

May 3, 2012 by in Security

Nokia files suits against HTC, RIM and ViewSonic

Nokia files suits against HTC, RIM and ViewSonic

Nokia has alleged that HTC, RIM and ViewSonic have infringed on 45 Nokia patents in lawsuits filed in the US and Germany.Nokia alleged on Wednesday that the companies have variously infringed on patents covering dual function antennas, power management and multimode radios, application stores, multitasking, navigation, conversational message display, dynamic menus, data encryption and retrieval of email attachments on a mobile device.

May 2, 2012 by in Security

Law change opens UK public data for re-use

Law change opens UK public data for re-use

Parliament has amended UK information law in an attempt to make open data easier for developers and companies to use and commercialise.The Protection of Freedoms Act, which contained amendments to the Freedom of Information Act, was passed by royal assent on Tuesday.

May 2, 2012 by in Security

ICANN to reveal extent of data breach

ICANN to reveal extent of data breach

ICANN has said it will tell gTLD applicants by early next week whether their information was exposed by a security glitch in ICANN's application system.Internet address coordinator ICANN said on Friday that it would tell applicants for generic top level domains (gTLDs) whether their application details had been exposed by the glitch.

May 2, 2012 by in Security

US report prompts fresh Google Street View UK scrutiny

US report prompts fresh Google Street View UK scrutiny

The Information Commissioner's Office is to look into a report by US regulators that found Google could have been aware that its Street View cars were collecting personal data for three years.The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) report claimed a Google engineer, named by the New York Times as Marius Milner, told colleagues and a senior manager about collecting unencrypted Wi-Fi data.

May 1, 2012 by in Security

Oracle scrambles workarounds for database zero-day

Oracle scrambles workarounds for database zero-day

Oracle has recommended workarounds for a zero-day Oracle Database flaw that was not fixed in the company's April critical patch update.The flaw in the Transport Network Substrate (TNS) Listener database component, which Oracle has known about for at least four years, could allow a hacker to break into a database without a username or password, Oracle said in a security advisory on Monday.

May 1, 2012 by in Security

ICO to spend £3m on IT services

ICO to spend £3m on IT services

The Information Commissioner's Office is to spend around £3m on upcoming IT services and security procurement, or around 20 percent of its data protection budget, according to information commissioner Christopher Graham.The procurement would be announced in the Official Journal of the European Union in late May, the data protection regulator told the Infosec Conference on Wednesday.

April 27, 2012 by in Security

Slapdash Facebook settings lead to arrests

Slapdash Facebook settings lead to arrests

Police forces are monitoring social networks to harvest evidence on crimes, and use undercover officers to interact with people on Facebook, according to a senior police officer.Police have gathered evidence on murder, theft, burglary, fraud, arson, and sex crimes through people not applying privacy settings on Facebook, ACPO e-crime prevention lead and deputy chief constable Stuart Hyde told the Counter Terror Expo on Thursday.

April 26, 2012 by in Security

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