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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Orange has wrist slapped over Data Protection breach

Orange has wrist slapped over Data Protection breach

The communications giant has had a tongue-lashing from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) over a breach of the Data Protection Act (DPA).It seems that Orange customer service representatives that had recently been employed had been allowed to share usernames and passwords to access confidential customer information.

June 22, 2007 by in Security

Pentagon hacked

Pentagon hacked

According to various news reports, including the BBC and Time, the Penatgon was hacked on Wednesday, resulting in Pentagon email being suspended."Elements of the...

June 22, 2007 by in Security

Symantec to open SOC

Symantec to open SOC

According to Jeffrey Hausman, senior director of product management for Symantec said the company will open a Security Operations Centre on its Green Park campus in Reading next week.Over a lunch at the cavernous press room in The Ventian Resort in Las Vegas, Hausman told ZDNet UK that the centre would complement other Symantec SOCs around the globe.

June 13, 2007 by in Security

Symantec reveals Endpoint Protection

Symantec reveals Endpoint Protection

At the massive Symantec Vision Conference 2007 in the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Symantec unveiled Endpoint Protection -- previously codenamed "Hamlet".At this Symantec fest, in what is quite possibly the most insane city on the planet, the security company's chief executive officer announced Endpoint Protection version 1.

June 12, 2007 by in Security

Chinese lawyer to take Symantec to court over XP file deletion

Chinese lawyer to take Symantec to court over XP file deletion

A Chinese lawyer has begun court proceedings against Symantec, alleging that a faulty antivirus update caused his computer to collapse.According to China View, Liu Shihui, a lawyer with the Hongmian Law Firm in southern Guangdong Province, is seeking 1,644 yuan (£108) to compensate for losses caused when his computer was allegedly paralyzed on the evening of May 18 due to a Norton antivirus automatic update.

June 4, 2007 by in Security

Burn: NPfIT has 'failed so far'

Burn: NPfIT has 'failed so far'

At last month's Government UK IT Summit, Andy Burn, head of information management and technology planning for Connecting for Health, made an astonishing statement:"[Government IT projects] have a reputation gained from what's happened in the past. That reputation is deserved.

June 1, 2007 by in Security

Google privacy policy 'is vague'

Google privacy policy 'is vague'

Speaking to the BBC, Peter Fleischer, Google's global privacy counsel, has said that elements of Google's privacy policy are 'vague' and need to be made more precise in response to European Union privacy concerns.An influential European Union group of privacy experts -- the Article 29 Working Group -- published a letter to Google on the 16 May outlining privacy concerns over the length of time Google will hold personally identifiable data as part of its European data processing activities.

May 31, 2007 by in Security

US military warns of China electronic warfare capability

US military warns of China electronic warfare capability

The US Department of Defence has warned of China's increasingly complex electronic warfare capabilities.In its 2007 report to congress entitled "Military Power of the People’s Republic of China", the US military said that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is continuing to invest in both computer network defences and exploitation, known as computer network operations (CNO).

May 29, 2007 by in Security

Germany passes 'anti-hacking tools' law

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 in Security

FBI network security slammed

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 in Security

Google drive-by download ad

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 in Security

Google and Microsoft want your soul

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 in Security