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IT Editor — Ars Technica
As seen in:  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-director of IT strategy, currently planning Arduino robot uprising. Former battleship sailor and SBR-2 REMF.

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.

Sony Pictures hackers release list of stolen corporate files — On Monday, employees at Sony Pictures Entertainment-the television and movie subsidiary of Sony Corp.-discovered that their internal corporate network had been hijacked. A message from an individual or group claiming responsibility appeared on corporate systems, pledging to release sensitive corporate data taken from the network by 11pm GMT on Monday.

New Snowden docs: GCHQ’s ties to telco gave spies global surveillance reach — Documents reportedly from the Edward Snowden cache show that in 2009, GCHQ (and by association, the NSA) had access to the traffic on 63 submarine cable links around the globe. The cables listed handle the vast majority of international Internet traffic as well as private network connections between telecommunications providers and corporate data centers.

Craigslist DNS hijacked, redirected at infamous “prank” site for hours — Around 5:00pm PST on November 23, the Domain Name Service records for at least some of the sites hosted by the online classified ad and discussion service Craigslist were hijacked. At least some Craigslist visitors found their Web requests redirected toward an underground Web forum previously associated with selling stolen celebrity photos and other malicious activities.

Four-year old comment security bug affects 86 percent of WordPress sites — A Finnish IT company has uncovered a bug in WordPress 3 sites that could be used to launch a wide variety of malicious script-based attacks on site visitors' browsers. Based on current WordPress usage statistics, the vulnerability could affect up to 86 percent of existing WordPress-powered sites.

The BlackBerry Passport enigma: TCOB-machine or “worst designed thing, ever” — Specs at a glance: BlackBerry Passport Screen 1440 x 1440 pixels, 4.5 inches (493 ppi) AMOLED OS BlackBerry 10.3 (with Android compatibility) CPU 2.26 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 Storage 32 GB internal, with microSD support up to 128 GB Networking Wi-Fi 802.11ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot<, Bluetooth 4.0

Target to judge: Banks’ losses in our card breach aren’t our problem — Target's massive data breach, in which criminals were able to drop malware onto point-of-sale systems and compromise at least 40 million credit and debit cards, is now the subject of a federal lawsuit by banks who issued those cards.

Six journalists sue over surveillance by UK “extremist” police unit — Six members of the United Kingdom's National Union of Journalists-including comedian and journalist Mark Thomas-have filed suit against London's Metropolitan Police after discovering that their daily activities were being monitored and recorded in a police database.

Crowdfunding project promises a “laptop that respects essential freedoms” — What price can you put on freedom? If you're talking about software freedom, a new San Francisco-based computer company prices it at $1,949 and up. Purism has turned to the crowdfunding site Crowd Supply to fund and launch its first-ever product-a laptop that's as free and open source friendly as is technically feasible.

12-year-old’s online life brings an abductor to her doorstep — On November 10, a 12-year-old girl left her home in the Baltimore suburb of Nottingham at 7:30am, heading to her middle school. She never returned home. When her mother called the school later, she discovered that her daughter had not even arrived.

Missouri man fired for posting pictures of DHS vans to Facebook — Mark Paffrath, a Navy veteran who worked as a housekeeper for the Drury hotel chain, claims he was fired from his job on Saturday after posting photos and video on Facebook of dozens of vehicles from the Department of Homeland Security massed in a Missouri hotel garage.
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Nov 27, 2014

@briankroll I usually have at least two in my office due to proximity to bird feeder.

Nov 27, 2014

Where and how do Ars staffers work? Our computers, let us show you them!

Nov 27, 2014

RT @HennsEggs: @moxie Happy Thanksgiving. What's next after What'sApp? Congratulations on making billions of messages private and safe. cc @thepacketrat

Nov 26, 2014

@gertvdijk Two people I've talked to think this might be at least partially an inside job, or "hacktivist" related. I'm thinking fiasco.

Nov 26, 2014

@gertvdijk The most horrific thing in there was Roland Emmerich's Green Card.

Nov 26, 2014

@gertvdijk @arstechnica We did a bit of independent confirmation as well, and linked back to that analysis. And we're a little behind.

Nov 26, 2014

Turns out, my cat has a much stronger password than anything at Sony Pictures.

Nov 26, 2014

Sony Pictures hackers release list of stolen corporate files

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