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IT Editor — Ars Technica
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Covers:  open source, arduino, web development, social networks, car technology, software, defense industry, internet, technology, technology of business, cyberwarfare, cybersecurity, biotech, internet culture, big data, business of technology, hardware hacking, internet of things, networks, information technology, enterprise technology, google, open government
Doesn't Cover: funding rounds

IT editor at Ars Technica. Ex-sysadmin, ex-editorial CTO, ex-Navy, current smartass. Planning Arduino robot uprising. Posts are my own, not my employer's.

Sean Gallagher's Biography

Ars Technica's IT Editor, overseeing enterprise and general information technology coverage. Over 20 years of tech journalism experience, from test lab to news beats. Winner of two American Society of Business Publication Editors awards and one Neal award. Past positions include Managing Editor, InformationWeek Labs; Technology Editor, Baseline Magazine; Editor-in-Chief of Defense Systems.

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American Association of Business Publication Editors National Gold Award

2003 - Case History
With Larry Barrett, for McBusted—a case study of the failure of McDonalds' attempt to computerize the entire business process of its franchisees right down to how often the fryer oil was changed.

What was your first job as a journalist?

As a freelancer, I wrote about trade finance. My first full-time gig was as assistant editor for a DC computer newspaper.

How is social media changing news?

It's an ongoing open conversation with sources and readers. It creates transparency.

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

We don't take pitched stories very often. I prefer PR people understand Ars before wildly pitching, or I may never have time to respond.

The X-Men: DOD “embraces” Silicon Valley ethos with new “innovation unit” — In a speech at Stanford University on April 23, recently-confirmed US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced the release of a new DOD strategy for defending the United States in "cyberspace." He also called on the technology industry to work more closely with the DOD to help make the Internet safer and defend against future cyber-threats.

Baaad attitude: Prank-messaging friends (and enemies) with — Someone got your goat? If you have their cell number, you can now give them something to ruminate over: a stampede of goat messages from, the latest in Internet prankery. Internet-based messaging is exploring some strange new worlds lately.

Wi-Fi software security bug could leave Android, Windows, Linux open to attack — In an e-mail today to the Open Source Software Security (oss-security) mailing list, the maintainer of wireless network client code used by Android, the Linux and BSD Unix operating systems, and Windows Wi-Fi device drivers, an urgent fix to a flaw that could allow attackers to crash devices or even potentially inject malicious software into their memory.

Microsoft’s Office 365 “lockbox” gives customers last word on data access — One of the concerns that keeps many companies from adopting software-as-a-service for e-mail and other collaboration services has been the issue of who has control over the security of the content. Today at the RSA Conference, Microsoft is announcing changes to its Office 365 service that will allay some of those concerns, giving customers greater visibility into the security of their applications and control over what happens with them.

This machine catches stingrays: Pwnie Express demos cellular threat detector — At the RSA Conference in San Francisco today, the network penetration testing and monitoring tool company Pwnie Express will demonstrate its newest creation: a sensor that detects rogue cellular network transceivers, including "Stingray" devices and other hardware used by law enforcement to surreptitiously monitor and track cell phones and users.

Tech vs. terror: Drones and data fight a new battle against poachers — When night falls, danger unfolds at the uMkhuze Game Reserve. And while some of the world's most deadly predators-ranging in size from hyenas to lions-coexist next to African elephants, giraffes, and more within this massive, 140 square mile natural area, they aren't the only creatures out hunting at night.

After a gas stop, Navy’s first carrier drones fly off to history — This week, "Salty Dog 502"-one of the Navy's two X-47B carrier based unmanned aircraft- did something no other drone has ever done: it lined itself up behind a human-flown tanker plane and pulled up for a fill-up.

Faked Flash-based ads on HuffPo, other sites downloaded extortionware — Google's DoubleClick advertising network is the lifeblood of many websites driven by ad revenue-and it's also a potential path of attack for criminals trying to spread extortionware and other malware. Some Huffington Post readers fell victim to malicious advertisements spread through Google's DoubleClick network early this week, but another simultaneous attack may have reached an even bigger audience.

The new spam: interactive robo-calls from the cloud as cheap as e-mail — It was the middle of the day, and my cell phone rang with a local number I didn't recognize. Figuring it was one of my kids calling from a friend's phone to tell me that they had forgotten their cell phone and needed a ride, I answered-and found myself rapidly descending into the uncanny valley.

Researchers try to hack the economics of zero-day bugs — If you're looking to reduce the pool of possible zero-day vulnerabilities that could potentially be used for criminal or state-sponsored breaches of computer and network security, throwing people and money at the problem isn't necessarily going to solve it.
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Apr 25, 2015

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