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Washington, D.C.
Deputy Editor, Passcode — Christian Science Monitor
Covers:  national security, foreign policy, foreign aid, war, congress, drones, counterterrorism, intelligence, cybersecurity, defense industry, export control

Deputy editor of @CSMPasscode, covering digital security & privacy. Former National Journal nat'l security correspondent. 0x9A199099

Sara Sorcher is the deputy editor of a forthcoming cybersecurity and technology section at the Christian Science Monitor. Previously, she was National Journal's national security correspondent. Her work at the magazine from 2013 won the National Press Club's Michael Dornheim award. Before joining the newsroom in September 2010, Sorcher worked as a freelance journalist in Israel. Her print and video packages have been featured with major outlets including ...

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National Press Club Award

2014 - Michael A. Dornheim award for defense reporting
From the judges: “Sara’s work explored defense procurement, civil applications of unmanned aerial vehicles, federal budgeting and congressional oversight. Sara combine dogged reporting and deft writing to produce stories that explained the sweeping political and economic forces affecting defense and aerospace – but also with an eye for the perfect illustrative detail.”

What was your first job as a journalist?

During college, I was an intern with ABC News 20/20 & Primetime in NYC.

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What's your favorite social network?

Twitter for news, Facebook for sharing.

Thousands of New Yorkers named as apparent Islamic State targets — An online group claiming Islamic State ties threatened 3,600 New Yorkers and distributed their personal information last week on a secure messaging app. Islamic State supporters published the names and addresses of 3,600 New Yorkers in an apparent "hit list" seemingly meant to escalate the group's campaign of sowing fear far from the battlefield in Syria.

Podcast: Niloofar Howe on the looming cybersecurity industry implosion — On the latest edition of the Cybersecurity Podcast, RSA's chief strategy officer makes industry forecast and Raytheon's Jack Harrington talks about defending US networks and how to recruit new talent to the field. With all the news about data breaches, the cybersecurity market may seem like a smart investment.

Digital activists begin broad, grass-roots battle to fight antiencryption bill — In a draft bill introduced this week, lawmakers are seeking to outlaw unbreakable encryption. Now, digital rights groups, which have warned about such a move, have a concrete proposal around which to launch a rallying cry for stronger privacy protections. Despite a moment in the spotlight during the FBI v.

Will recycling the San Bernardino iPhone hack put consumers at risk? — Now that the FBI has unlocked the San Bernardino iPhone, there's a new public debate over how to responsibly disclose vulnerabilities the government finds. Security pros say that once a technical flaw is announced, it must be patched quickly - but law enforcement may be able to reuse them in future cases.

Influencers: FBI should disclose San Bernardino iPhone security hole to Apple — Now that American law enforcement may have a way into the iPhone used by the San Bernardino, Calif., shooter, it faces a new conundrum: Should it inform Apple so it can fix a vulnerability that may affect millions of consumer devices - even if that disclosure could make it harder for law enforcement to unlock iPhones in the future?

Podcast: Screenwriter Walter Parkes on how fiction can inspire change — The noted screenwriter-turned-film producer who's behind many famous hacker movies - 'Sneakers' and 'WarGames' - discusses how fiction can encourage leaders to enact policy changes. When screenwriter Walter Parkes recently found out that former President Reagan issued the country's first national policy to secure information systems because of his movie "WarGames," he was filled with pride - and relief.

Lessons on digital security and privacy from SXSW — Amid the national debate over encryption and the battle between the FBI and Apple, cybersecurity and digital privacy were hot topics for the tens of thousands of digerati who flocked to Austin for the 2016 South by Southwest Interactive festival.

Sparks fly over Apple v. FBI dispute at major cybersecurity gathering (+video) — As tens of thousands of people from all over the world convened this week in San Francisco for the RSA Conference to learn about the latest in cybersecurity innovation, the iPhone dispute between Apple and the FBI dominated the conversation. It was all anyone seemed to want to talk about.

Podcast: Michael Hayden on why the US is safer with 'unbreakable encryption' — On this episode of The Cybersecurity Podcast, New America's Peter Singer and Passcode's Sara Sorcher interview Michael Hayden, a former NSA and CIA director, and Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill. Apple's refusal to help the FBI access the iPhone of a San Bernardino shooter has become flashpoint in the long-simmering encryption debate.

Read DOJ's motion to compel Apple to crack the San Bernardino iPhone — Frustrated by Apple's refusal to comply with a court order demanding it help the FBI access the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, the Justice Department filed a new motion on Friday to force the company to act.
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Apr 29, 2016

RT @RSAPartners: RSA's @NiloofarHowe discusses the state of #cybersecurity with @SaraSorcher &…<a title="" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">

Apr 28, 2016

ISIS leaks names of some 3600 New Yorkers in "hit list" on Telegram. Re-upping story @CSMPasscode broke last night:…

Apr 28, 2016

RT @CLTCBerkeley: If you're joining late, video of Cyberfutures 2020 is live-streaming at #Cyber2020

Apr 28, 2016

RT @CLTCBerkeley: Scenarios will be presented by @BetsyatBerkeley and Steve Weber, Faculty Director of @CLTCBerkeley. #cyber2020

Apr 28, 2016

RT @CSMPasscode: Steve Weber on a dystopian #cyber2020 outlook. "In this world, why buy it when you can steal it for cheap?”

Apr 28, 2016

RT @CSMPasscode: What if there's another big Web bust? “The things that these firms would have to sell is in fact data sets.” – Steve Weber#cyber2020#cyber2020

Apr 28, 2016

RT @CSMPasscode: Could there be a Web 2.0 bubble? "Everyone knows the four most dangerous words is 'this time is different.'” – Steve Weber#cyber2020#cyber2020

Apr 28, 2016

RT @CSMPasscode: “In 2020, a presidential candidate isn’t going to release her tax returns, she’s going to release her emotions.” – Steve W#cyber2020ber #cyber2020

Apr 28, 2016

RT @CSMPasscode: .@EdFelten: Certainly companies do have obligations to take reasonable care of the data they’re holding on your behalf #cyber2020er2020

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