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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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 Tom Espiner

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Dell plans Ubuntu laptop for developers

Dell is working on plans, known as 'Sputnik', to sell laptops running the Ubuntu open source operating system, aimed at web developers.Dell wants to sell developers XPS13 laptops pre-loaded with Ubuntu 12.

May 8, 2012 by Tom Espiner

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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 Tom Espiner

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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 Tom Espiner

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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 Tom Espiner

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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 Tom Espiner

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'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 Tom Espiner

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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 Tom Espiner

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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 Tom Espiner

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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 Tom Espiner

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