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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.

OPM shuts down background investigation portal because of vulnerability

arstechnica.com — The Office of Personnel Management has suspended operation of the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (E-QIP) system, the web gateway used to submit materials for background investigations. The agency announced the move today, citing the discovery of a vulnerability in the portal during an ongoing review of the agency's security.

Iraqi government shut down Internet to… prevent exam cheating?

arstechnica.com — A year after Iraqi officials ordered the shutdown of Internet access in nearly a quarter of the country to limit the ability of ISIS to communicate, the government ordered a complete shutdown of Internet service in the country for three hours on Saturday, June 27. A shorter interruption followed today.

Private investigator snooped on e-mail of Scientology critics

arstechnica.co.uk — This afternoon, Eric Saldarriaga, a private investigator from Astoria, New York, will be sentenced in federal court for his part in a conspiracy to hack into the e-mail accounts of more than 50 individuals as part of his investigations. (He has pled guilty.)

Shut up and take my money!

Two keys to rule them all: Cisco warns of default SSH keys on appliances

arstechnica.com — Cisco revealed a security vulnerability in a number of the company's network security virtual appliances that could give someone virtually unlimited access to them-default, pre-authorized keys for Secure Shell (SSH) sessions originally intended for "customer support" purposes. As Threatpost's Dennis Fisher reported, Cisco has released software patches that correct the problem, but there's no temporary workaround for systems that can't immediately be patched.

Private investigator snooped on e-mail of Scientology critics

arstechnica.com — This afternoon, Eric Saldarriaga, a private investigator from Astoria, New York, will be sentenced in federal court for his part in a conspiracy to hack into the e-mail accounts of more than 50 individuals as part of his investigations. (He has pled guilty.)

First look at the Pwn Pad 3, the latest in mobile security mayhem

arstechnica.com — Pwnie Express, the company that began as a builder of "drop boxes" for penetration testers and white-hat corporate hackers, has been evolving toward a more full-service security auditing platform vendor over the past few years while continuing to refine its hardware and software in ways that appeal to the corporate security set.

FBI says crypto ransomware has raked in >$18 million for cybercriminals

arstechnica.com — The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert warning businesses and individuals about the continued spread of cryptographic ransomware-malware that encrypts a victim's files with a key held by criminals on a remote server, and then extorts money from the victim to recover those files.

Feds Under Attack: OPM Breach

OPM director on security issues: We’re trying very hard

arstechnica.com — With the total number of people affected by the data breach at the Office of Personnel Management now estimated to be as many as 18 million, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta has mounted a public relations counter-attack, defending the agency's efforts to improve security during her tenure and crediting those efforts with finding the malware at the heart of the breach in the first place.
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Jun 30, 2015

@pierre_alonso I was in the middle of writing about Dino as well. Thanks, will link.

Jun 30, 2015

RT @kpoulsen: Reverse engineered: the Flash code the FBI used to unmask some dark net pedophiles on Tor bit.ly/1GLMtyS pic.twitter.com/UY83kyd04p

Jun 30, 2015

EU plans to destroy net neutrality by allowing Internet fast lanes arstechnica.com/?p=699163

Jun 30, 2015

@taosecurity He would totally be passed over for flag. Just sayin'.

Jun 29, 2015

@B_Meson well, there was that time they found NSA malware in the President's office...

Jun 29, 2015

US gov't wanted to know what France's national interests were. So NSA did econ espionage. Clapper spelled out reasons in 2009 QICR.



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