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IT Editor — Ars Technica
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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Baaad attitude: Prank-messaging friends (and enemies) with Goat Attack [Updated]

Baaad attitude: Prank-messaging friends (and enemies) with Goat Attack [Updated]

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.

Jesse H. Neal Award

2003 - Best recurring feature

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.

Lizard Squad launches DDoS against UK law enforcement agency

arstechnica.com — The website of the UK's National Crime Agency was briefly affected by a distributed denial of service attack today, just a few days after the agency announced the arrest of six teenagers for using a paid DDoS service.
Sep 01, 2015

Lizard Squad launches DDoS against UK law enforcement agency arstechnica.com/?p=732137

Six UK teens arrested for being “customers” of Lizard Squad’s DDoS service

arstechnica.com — On August 28, the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency announced the arrest of six teenagers, ranging in age from 15 to 18, for launching distributed denial of service attacks against multiple websites. The attacks were carried out using an attack tool created by Lizard Squad, the group behind denial of service attacks on gaming networks and the 8Chan imageboard site last winter.
Aug 31, 2015

Six UK teens arrested for being “customers” of Lizard Squad’s DDoS service arstechnica.com/?p=731941

Aug 31, 2015

RT @arstechnica: Six UK teens arrested for being “customers” of Lizard Squad’s DDoS service arstechnica.com/security/2015/… by @thepacketrat

China and Russia cross-referencing OPM data, other hacks to out US spies

arstechnica.com — View all... The identities of a group of American technical experts who have provided assistance to covert operations by the US government overseas have been compromised as the result of cross-referencing of data from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and other recent data breaches, according a Los Angeles Times report.
Aug 31, 2015

China and Russia cross-referencing OPM data, other hacks to out US spies arstechnica.com/?p=731833

Aug 31, 2015

RT @kwestin: China and Russia cross-referencing OPM data, other hacks to out US spies dv8.io/1X5Z7U5

Domain hijacking spear-phisher foiled by the last line of defence-paranoia

arstechnica.co.uk — As the old joke goes, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that everybody isn't out to get you." Based on the contents of my e-mail inbox lately, I can confirm that my paranoia is well-founded. Yesterday, I got an e-mail telling me that the domain name server information of my vanity domain had been changed.

White House eyes sanctions for China over cyber-theft of trade secrets

arstechnica.com — The Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima reports that US government officials, under the direction of the Obama administration, are planning "a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals" who have profited from trade secrets stolen from US companies by Chinese government-sponsored hackers.
Aug 31, 2015

White House eyes sanctions for China over cyber-theft of trade secrets arstechnica.com/?p=731685

Journalism is not a crime - Turkey must release detained VICE journalists

indexoncensorship.org — By Sean Gallagher / 31 August 2015 Index on Censorship calls on Turkey to release the four VICE journalists currently detained in Turkey. Index understands the journalists were detained by anti-terrorism police while reporting from south-eastern Turkey.
Aug 31, 2015

RT @IndexCensorship: Journalism is not a crime – Turkey must release detained VICE journalists @indexcensorship indexoncensorship.org/2015/08/journa…

Aug 31, 2015

RT @IndexCensorship: .@jodieginsberg: Turkey must release VICE journalists, ensure all journalists can operate freely indexoncensorship.org/2015/08/journa…

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Uber hires researchers who hacked Chrysler Uconnect

arstechnica.com — Less than a month after their command performances at the Black Hat and Def Con security conferences in Las Vegas, security researchers Charlie Miller (late of Twitter) and Chris Valasek (formerly of the security firm IOActive) have been poached by Uber-which ironically had security flaws in its own in-car technology exposed by University of California-San Diego researchers this month as well.

Domain hijacking spear-phisher foiled by the last line of defense-paranoia

arstechnica.com — As the old joke goes, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that everybody isn't out to get you." Based on the contents of my e-mail inbox lately, I can confirm that my paranoia is well-founded. Yesterday, I got an e-mail telling me that the domain name server information of my vanity domain had been changed.
Aug 28, 2015

Domain hijacking spear-phisher foiled by the last line of defense—my paranoia arstechnica.com/?p=730679

Meet the Humvee’s replacement: Oshkosh’s L-ATV

arstechnica.com — There may soon be a whole lot of used Humvees on the market-or in the scrapyard. The U.S/ Army has picked its replacement for the aging vehicle originally designed as a Cold War replacement for the Jeep-and it comes from Wisconsin.

GitHub attacked again as Chinese developers forced by police to pull code

arstechnica.com — GitHub, the software project and collaboration site, suffered another distributed denial of service attack on Tuesday morning, making the site unavailable to many users for several hours. But unlike the relentless DDoS attack the site suffered in March- an attack directed by code linked to China's "Great Firewall" -GitHub's team was able to fight back and shrug off the attack in a matter of hours instead of days.
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Sep 01, 2015

RT @jeremiahg: 'How a bug in Visual Studio 2015 exposed my source code on GitHub and cost me $6,500 in a few hours’ humankode.com/security/how-a…

Sep 01, 2015

Ouch. A bug in Visual Studio 2015 GitHub bridge makes private got public, exposing AWS keys. humankode.com/security/how-a…

Sep 01, 2015

Lizard Squad launches DDoS against UK law enforcement agency arstechnica.com/?p=732137

Sep 01, 2015

Most shocking part of Clinton e-mails so far: she was a Cingular customer.

Aug 31, 2015

@abrahamvegh what would you advise I say? Don't worry about SPF at all?

Aug 31, 2015

@abrahamvegh As I mentioned in the story SPF is totally useless in some cases. Some is probably optimistic.

Aug 31, 2015

@abrahamvegh But at least using a mail provider that offers some spam filtering as a service and SPF is better than no SPF.

Aug 31, 2015

@abrahamvegh And my experience with Gmail, O365, and others has been spotty at best.


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