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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Germany passes 'anti-hacking tools' law

Germany has toughened up its cybercrime laws in an effort to close up loop-holes, including those dealing with denial of service attacks.However, the law, passed on Friday, has drawn criticism for allegedly making illegal the development of dual purpose tools -- programs that can be used for both security research and for hacking.

May 29, 2007 by Tom Espiner

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FBI network security slammed

The FBI has been given a dressing down by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) over its network security.In a report entitled "FBI Needs to Address Weaknesses in Critical Network", the GAO said that the FBI was not doing enough to guard its law enforcement data from insider threats.

May 25, 2007 by Tom Espiner


Google drive-by download ad

It's quite timely that just as Google warns of drive-by downloads, news has emerged on the wires of Didier Stevens' experiment.Stevens, a security professional based in Belgium, launched a Google Adwords campaign entitled "Drive-By Download.

May 24, 2007 by Tom Espiner


Google and Microsoft want your soul

For a company whose motto is "Don't be evil", Google is starting to look remarkably demonic. Or more Big Brother-like than the current surveillance society we live in in the UK -- and that's saying something.

May 24, 2007 by Tom Espiner


Ingenious 'Iraqi' spam

Spam is one of my pet hates. It's dangerous, it wastes time, it's expensive to clean up -- it reminds me of some government IT projects.

May 24, 2007 by Tom Espiner


Symantec deletes vital XP files

According to the Financial Times, Chinese language users of XP had certain inoffensive yet vital files deleted by a Symantec update on Friday.Affected PCs that were switched off could not be restarted unless the files were reinstalled, said the FT.

May 21, 2007 by Tom Espiner


Microsoft hints at IE8 improvements?

According to Ars Technica, Microsoft has hinted at Internet Explorer 8 improvements, in its IE blog.Ars Technica seemed to divine the IE8 improvements from the order of the IE sessions schedule for Mix 07, Microsoft’s conference for web designers and developers.

May 3, 2007 by Tom Espiner


Google suffers super-rich brain drain

Internet entrepreneurs are queueing to leave Google, according to the Guardian.Apparently:"Since floating on the stock market in 2004, the company has made millionaires of thousands of shareholding employees.

April 30, 2007 by Tom Espiner