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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Kaspersky questions the value of parental controls

Apparently parental controls are "bullshit", according to a director at Kaspersky.The controls, which led last month to Microsoft's co-president Jim Allchin confidently asserting that he was happy to let his seven-year-old son on his locked down computer without antivirus, were roundly dismissed by Kaspersky product director Veniamin Levtsov over a hearty Russian lunch on a Kaspersky Labs press trip to Moscow.

December 8, 2006 by Tom Espiner


Sat nav sends ambulance on 400 mile round trip

Oops. An ambulance meant to be carrying a patient a short distance in Essex was accidently sent 200 miles in the wrong direction by a faulty satellite navigation system, reports the Manchester Evening News.

December 1, 2006 by Tom Espiner


Microsoft submits server tech documentation to EU

Microsoft has finally turned over technical documetation to the EC that may let non-Microsoft work-group servers achieve interoperability with Windows servers.The EC is not amused that it has taken Microsoft so long to comply with its 2004 anti-competition ruling (they have a point -- two years to turn over server interface specs?

November 23, 2006 by Tom Espiner


A case of a little less conversation?

I think it's heartening that IT managers are thinking about the environmental impact of technology -- and the board about the obvious business case for increased energy efficiency.However, according to IT Week: "The vast majority of IT chiefs regard improving energy efficiency as an increasingly important priority but relatively few have taken practical steps to reduce their energy footprint.

November 21, 2006 by Tom Espiner

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Wikipedia blocked in China -- again

From the Reporters Without Borders Internet Freedom desk.Numbers of Chinese Internet-users are reporting that they can no longer connect to either the Chinese or English versions of the collaborative encyclopaedia Wikipedia.

November 17, 2006 by Tom Espiner


Passport chief comments on ID Card security

James Hall, the new CEO of the UK Identity and Passport service, has just said in a web chat that the National Identity Register will be part of the national critical infrastructure and be "securely accredited"."Our intention is that the National Identity Register will form part of the critical national infrastructure of the UK and will therefore be security accredited to the highest standard, in common with existing highly secure databases.

November 14, 2006 by Tom Espiner


EU body slams biometric ID cards

In a great article on an EU body's report on biometric ID Cards, "Biometric ID cards an insecure menace, says EU ID outfit", Reg veteran John Lettice concludes:"Could we all be going to wake up in ten years time and conclude biometric ID was a really dumb idea? It's a thought.

November 10, 2006 by Tom Espiner

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Some interesting RSA phishing stats

Following on from an APACS report into a massive increase in the number of phishing attacks in the UK, RSA has released some interesting stats regarding this type of fraud.This month 11 percent of fake banking websites attempted to spoof UK banking brands, while 75 percent of false banking sites targeted customers of US banks.

November 9, 2006 by Tom Espiner