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.

Latest Posts

Litchfield: ID database ethical, not technical problem

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 in Security

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

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 in Security

Maine rejects Real ID Act

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 in Security

McAfee spam advice

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 in Security

MI5 to send out threat level emails

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 in Security

Gmail flaw fixed?

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 in Security

Piracy "good for Russian economy", says Kaspersky representative

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 in Security

Kaspersky questions the value of parental controls

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 in Security

Microsoft submits server tech documentation to EU

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 in Security

A case of a little less conversation?

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 in Security

Wikipedia blocked in China -- again

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 in Security