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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DA charges 17-year-old with AOL hack

According to an IDG article, AOL systems have allegedly been hacked and infected by a 17-year-old.The District Attorney's office has charged a 17-year-old boy with computer tampering, computer trespass, and criminal possession of computer material.

April 30, 2007 by Tom Espiner

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Microsoft site hacked

According to Techsploder blog, the Microsoft Internet Explorer administration site got hacked over the weekend.See the screen shot here.

April 30, 2007 by Tom Espiner

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McKinnon to appear at Infosec

Gary McKinnon has been confirmed to appear on the hackers' panel at Infosec.McKinnon, who is likely to be extradicted to the US to face charges of hacking US government computers, will face IT security professionals on Friday.

April 24, 2007 by Tom Espiner

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Oracle to join Jericho forum

ZDNet UK has heard a rumour at the Infosec conference -- apparently Oracle is just about to sign up to the Jericho forum. Jericho proponents preach the gospel of deperimeterisation -- their essential message is that not only is a hardened perimiter is not enough to mitigate security threats (an idea that's generally accepted in the security community), but also that the notion of having a perimeter at all will become increasingly outmoded.

April 24, 2007 by Tom Espiner

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Sanyo begins chip sale

According to the Financial Times, Sanyo has started the sale of its semiconductor operations, with bidders expected to express interest before the Golden Week holidays starting at the end of the month in Japan.Read the full article here.

April 17, 2007 by Tom Espiner

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iPod proof of concept virus

Security software vendor Kaspersky Labs claims to have discovered the first virus designed to infect iPods. Kaspersky has named it Podloso.

April 10, 2007 by Tom Espiner

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WEP comprehensibly slated

It turns out that WEP is even more useless than people previously thought -- according to a paper by researchers at Darmstadt technical university.The protocol for securing wireless LANs has been cracked again.

April 4, 2007 by Tom Espiner

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Stolen hospital laptop recovered

A laptop that was stolen from a Nottinghamshire hospital has been recovered by police, reports ITPro.The laptop contained data that included the names and addresses of hundreds of children, protected by just a single password -- which let's face it, would be fairly easy to get around.

April 4, 2007 by Tom Espiner

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Company claims 100 percent spam free mail

A company is offering a guarantee that they can provide an email service to small businesses that is 100 percent spam free.ClearMyMail claims its service stops all forms of spam by using filtering processes that have been developed over the past year.

April 3, 2007 by Tom Espiner

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