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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Litchfield: ID database ethical, not technical problem

David Litchfield, who has in the past dramatically exposed various vulnerabilities in Oracle, has told ZDNet UK at the Black Hat security conference in Amsterdam that the UK ID data base is an ethical, not technical problem."The problems aren't technical, but ethical -- in terms of privacy.

March 30, 2007 by Tom Espiner


Paypal: Web hosting services are not tackling phishing

Online payments service Paypal has lashed out at web-hosting services providers, which the company claims "need to do a better job" at tackling phishing.Speaking at the 2007 e-crime congress on Tuesday, Paypal's associate general counsel, Joseph E.

March 29, 2007 by Tom Espiner

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Al-Qaeda internet plot reports are 'scare-mongering'

According to a senior government security advisor, reports that there was an Al-Qaeda plot to take down the UK's internet access by sabotaging Telehouse Europe are 'scare-mongering'.Reports stated that a plot to sabotage the colocation company had been foiled by MI5, and that had the plot succeeded, the UK would have been denied the internet for an unspecified amount of time.

March 12, 2007 by Tom Espiner


Maine rejects Real ID Act

Dissension in the ranks! Maine overwhelmingly rejected federal requirements for US national identification cards on Thursday, marking the first formal state opposition to controversial legislation scheduled to go into effect for Americans next year.

January 26, 2007 by Tom Espiner


McAfee spam advice

McAfee on Wednesday issued advice on how to minimise the amount of spam you or company employees receive:1. Never respond to spam.

January 10, 2007 by Tom Espiner


MI5 to send out threat level emails

According to Sky News, spooks are to start sending out emails warning if there is an increase in terrorist threat levels, once people have signed up for the service.I have reservations about opening up yet another social engineering scam possibility.

January 9, 2007 by Tom Espiner


Gmail flaw fixed?

It is still uncertain how serious a javascript flaw in Gmail is, and whether it has been fixed completely. The flaw allows spammers to harvest contact details from a user's account by launching a cross-site scripting attack.

January 2, 2007 by Tom Espiner


Piracy "good for Russian economy", says Kaspersky representative

Russia would technologically "still be in the stone age" without the effects of software piracy, according to Timur Tsoriev, Kaspersky corporate communications and pr manager.He told me that piracy was becoming less of a problem in Russia now, as people are getting more solvent and want to buy quality goods rather than counterfeit products.

December 11, 2006 by Tom Espiner