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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i3 Africa calls for BRICS submarine cable cash

i3 Africa calls for BRICS submarine cable cash

i3 Africa, a company which has business links with the i3-Group, has called for investment from telecoms companies in a 34,000km submarine cable project to link the BRICS countries.The BRICS Cable project aims to link Russia, China, India, South Africa, and Brazil to the US via a submarine cable.

published April 17, 2012 by

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Toshiba online competition exposed data, says ICO

Toshiba online competition exposed data, says ICO

An online Rugby World Cup competition run by Toshiba Information Systems UK last year exposed 20 people's personal data, the Information Commissioner's Office has found.A member of the public made a complaint in September 2011 about the online competition, which logged competitors using a sequential registration URL.

published April 17, 2012 by

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SabPub Mac Trojan in the wild, says Kaspersky

SabPub Mac Trojan in the wild, says Kaspersky

Hackers have targeted Apple users with a fresh Mac OS X Trojan, weeks after Apple released two OS X updates to combat the Flashback Trojan.The SabPub Trojan is being controlled from a website hosted in Fremont, California, security company Kaspersky said in a blog post on Saturday.

published April 16, 2012 by

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ICO condemns Motorman data publication

ICO condemns Motorman data publication

The Information Commissioner's Office has criticised the Guido Fawkes blog for publishing details of alleged requests made by hundreds of News International journalists for data from a private investigator.The Guido Fawkes blog, run by right-wing political commentator Paul Staines, published a redacted version of the Motorman Blue Book on Monday.

published April 10, 2012 by

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Government promises 'tough' rules for smart meter data

Government promises 'tough' rules for smart meter data

UK citizens will have a choice about how their smart metering data is shared with third parties, the government has announced.Energy consumers will be able to choose the extent to which their data is shared with energy companies, apart from for billing and regulatory purposes, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said in a statement on Friday.

published April 10, 2012 by

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EU shrugs off e-petition hijack fears

EU shrugs off e-petition hijack fears

Lobbyists attempting to take advantage of European citizen e-petitions will be blocked by safeguards in the petitioning process, according to the European Commission.Public-relations firms including Bell Pottinger and Fleishman-Hillard have offered to use the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) — an e-petition programme — to lobby the European Commission on behalf of corporations, in breach of ECI rules, according to a report by the Independent on Tuesday.

published April 10, 2012 by

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MasterCard investigates credit card data breach

MasterCard investigates credit card data breach

MasterCard is looking into a possible break-in at one of its credit card data processors that could have exposed the personal details of tens of thousands of people.On Friday a source close to the investigation told ZDNet UK that the data processor under investigation was Global Payments Inc.

published March 30, 2012 by

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Pharmacy company admits medical records breach

Pharmacy company admits medical records breach

A pharmacy company has admitted breaching the Data Protection Act after a computer system containing the details of 2,000 patients was stolen.Warwickshire-based Pharmacyrepublic Limited admitted the breach in September 2011 after a password-protected tower computer system containing patient names, addresses, and details of their medication went missing, an ICO spokesman told ZDNet UK on Thursday.

published March 29, 2012 by

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Adobe Flash Player gets automatic updates

Adobe Flash Player gets automatic updates

Adobe Flash Player users can now choose to receive automatic updates.The Flash Player 'background updater' option will be offered to users downloading the latest versions of the software, Adobe said in a blog post on Tuesday.

published March 29, 2012 by

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Europe-wide draft law seeks to criminalise hacking

Europe-wide draft law seeks to criminalise hacking

Cyberattacks could become a criminal offence across Europe punishable by at least two years in jail under a draft law cleared by a European Parliament committee on Tuesday.Attacks against a website, network or database, and attempts to interfere with or illegally intercept data, would see two years in prison under proposals backed by the European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee.

published March 28, 2012 by

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AVG brings in 'do-not-track' feature

AVG brings in 'do-not-track' feature

Security company AVG has launched a 'do-not-track' privacy feature for its free and premium security products.The feature monitors data being requested from a user's computer, and informs the user, AVG chief technology officer Yuval Ben-Itzhak told ZDNet UK on Tuesday.

published March 27, 2012 by

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O2 ordered to hand over 9,000 records in porn case

O2 ordered to hand over 9,000 records in porn case

O2 has been ordered to disclose the details of over 9,000 customers that pornographic film-companies Golden Eye and Ben Dover Productions allege have committed copyright infringements via BitTorrent peer-to-peer filesharing.High Court judge Mr Justice Arnold ordered O2 to hand over the details of up to 9,124 O2 subscribers in a judgement on Monday.

published March 27, 2012 by

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McAfee: Digitally-signed malware numbers jump

McAfee: Digitally-signed malware numbers jump

E-criminals are increasingly using digitally signed malware to try to circumvent computer-security measures, according to security company McAfee.The number of unique malicious binaries that use digital signatures to try to trick users, admins, and security software into trusting and running malware jumped from almost zero at the beginning of January 2012 to more than 200,000 samples at the end of March, McAfee researcher Craig Schmugar said in a blog post on Friday.

published March 26, 2012 by

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