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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Council workers lose jobs over eBay 'addiction'

Council workers lose jobs over eBay 'addiction'

One council worker has been sacked, and two have lost their jobs over spending too much time on auction site eBay, reports the BBC.Apparently some of the the staff members at Neath Port Talbot were spending up to two hours a day on eBay and entertainment sites such as sports pages.

September 21, 2007 by in Security

Google welcomes ISO decision on OOXML

Google welcomes ISO decision on OOXML

Search and advertising giant Google has welcomed the ISO decision to not approve the fast track of Office Open XML (OOXML) proposed standard DIS 29500 (ECMA 376) at this time.A Google Code blog post states:"Our engineers conducted an independent analysis of the OOXML specification and found several areas of concern, which we communicated both to the ISO and to the public.

September 18, 2007 by in Security

South Korea accuses Intel of anti-competitive behaviour

South Korea accuses Intel of anti-competitive behaviour

South Korea has sent Intel an equivalent of the EC's 'statement of objections', with accusations of anti-competitive behaviour, according to the Financial Times.After a two year investigation, the South Korean Fair Trade Commission has accused Intel of pressuring computer makers to buy its microprocessors rather than those of rival AMD.

September 12, 2007 by in Security

Symantec to announce Altiris product

Symantec to announce Altiris product

I've just been speaking to one of the guys from Altiris, and he told me that Symantec is due to announce a new Altiris/Symantec product in the coming weeks.Symantec bought the SOA management company in April, and both companies have been quietly following their product roadmaps since then.

September 12, 2007 by in Security

OOXML: ISO says 'No' for now

OOXML: ISO says 'No' for now

Microsoft Office Open XML has failed to gain enough votes to become an ISO standard, according to the International Organisation for Standardisation.Microsoft failed to reach two specific milestones: it failed to gain a two thirds majority of positive votes from JTC1, while also failing to gain a quarter or less of negative votes from all of the national bodies.

September 5, 2007 by in Security

BSI to give OOXML vote results

BSI to give OOXML vote results

The British Standards Institute is today to give the result of its vote regarding whether the UK will approve fast track ISO certification for Microsoft's Office Open XML specification.The BSI is due to send me a press release within an hour: please watch ZDNet UK for news of the vote.

September 3, 2007 by in Security

Bill website hacked

Bill website hacked

Security company Websense is reporting that the official website for ITV police drama The Bill has been compromised by hackers."Websense Security Lab has discovered that the official Web site of The Bill, the popular TV series, has been compromised and laden with malicious JavaScript code meant to infect visitors with a Trojan horse," said the Websense press release.

August 30, 2007 by in Security

New Zealand to outlaw spam

New Zealand to outlaw spam

New Zealand is to pass a law to make spamming illegal, according to NZ news site TV3."Next month the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act will take effect - meaning spammers in New Zealand can be prosecuted," said the article.

August 28, 2007 by in Security

Alleged TJX data trafficker arrested

Alleged TJX data trafficker arrested

A Ukrainian man has been arrested outside a Turkish nightclub for allegedly trying to flog credit card details online, lifted from the victims of the TJX hack, reports the Associated Press.The man, Maksym Yastremskiy, was arrested weeks ago on suspicion of trafficking data.

August 23, 2007 by in Security

PNR data not reduced, just squashed

PNR data not reduced, just squashed

The reduction of the number of data fields handed to US security services announced by the European Union was achieved by squeezing almost the same amount of data on to fewer lines, according to Out-Law.com.

July 31, 2007 by in Security

Junior doctor loses confidential patient data

Junior doctor loses confidential patient data

Apparently junior doctors are toting unencrypted confidential data around on USB sticks, according to an article in E-Health Insider.One of the sticks, which contained highly confidential patient data, was stolen at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust recently.

July 25, 2007 by in Security