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

Passport chief comments on ID Card security

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 in Security

EU body slams biometric ID cards

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 in Security

Some interesting RSA phishing stats

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 in Security

Future of surveillance?

Future of surveillance?

Bruce Schneier in his 'Surveillance as performance art' blog post says this story of perpetual scrutiny is the future of government monitoring of citizens. At the moment Hasan Elahi is monitoring himself after being detained by the FBI, but Schneier predicts this high level of monitoring by governments and corporations as eventually being the norm.

October 30, 2006 by in Security

Natwest ATM outage

Natwest ATM outage

The Natwest planned outage on Saturday night/Sunday morning took revellers by surprise. Outraged punters were seen gesticulating wildly and punching ATM machines in a futile attempt to get at their cash, only to be greeted with a ghostly green "Out of Service" display.

October 30, 2006 by in Security