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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.

NSA report shows China hacked 600+ US targets over 5 years

arstechnica.com — NBC has released a 2014 slide from a secret NSA Threat Operations Center (NTOC) briefing-a map that shows the locations of "every single successful computer intrusion" by Chinese state-sponsored hackers over a five-year period. Over 600 US businesses and institutions were breached during that period.
Jul 31, 2015

NSA report shows China hacked 600+ US targets over 5 years arstechnica.com/?p=717405

Jul 31, 2015

RT @4Dgifts: The cybersecurity strategy of North Dakota is outstanding, others should learn from it. arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

OwnStar: Researcher hijacks remote access to OnStar

arstechnica.com — Samy Kamkar, a Los Angeles-based security researcher and hardware hacker, has created a device called OwnStar that can find, unlock, and remote start General Motors cars equipped with OnStar. The hack, which is based on an exploit of OnStar's mobile software communications channel, exposes the credentials of a car's owner when it intercepts communications with OnStar's service.
Jul 30, 2015

Serial hacker @samykamkar's latest feat is OwnStar, which can find, unlock, and remote start OnStar-connected cars: arstechnica.com/?p=716087

Jul 31, 2015

OwnStar: Researcher hijacks remote access to OnStar [Updated] - GM / OnStar has patched mobile app vulnerability. arstechnica.com/?p=716087

Unintentional fireworks: Russian missile demo fails on launch

arstechnica.com — July has not been a good month for naval missile launches. On July 18, during an exercise off the coast of Virginia, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans launched a Raytheon Standard Missile 2 Block IIIA anti-aircraft missile.
Jul 28, 2015

Unintentional fireworks: Russian missile demo fails on launch arstechnica.com/?p=714351

Powering up the past: Ars goes hands-on with the Amiga 500

arstechnica.com — Last week marked the 30th anniversary of Amiga, the PC line from Commodore that tried to fight the growing IBM PC hegemony in the spirit of the Commodore 64.
Jul 28, 2015

Powering up the past: Ars goes hands-on with the Amiga 500 arstechnica.com/?p=713963

Jul 28, 2015

RT @bgumm: Recently inherited a Commodore128 & @thepacketrat has motivated me to fire it up arstechnica.com/information-te… via @arstechnica #nerdno…

A public marketplace for hackers-what could possibly go wrong?

arstechnica.com — Last November, Charles Tendell quietly launched a website called Hacker's List. Its name was literal. In this online marketplace, white-hat security experts could sell their services in bite-size engagements to people with cyber-problems beyond their grasp. "Hacker's List is meant to connect consumers who have online issues to hackers or professionals out there who have the skills to service them," Tendell told Ars.

Pakistan bans BlackBerry messaging, e-mail for “security reasons”

arstechnica.com — The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has issued a directive to mobile phone network operators to shut down access to BlackBerry Enterprise Services for all mobile customers by November 30. The new order is "for security reasons," a PTA spokesperson told The Guardian .
Jul 27, 2015

Pakistan bans BlackBerry messaging, e-mail for “security reasons” arstechnica.com/?p=713759

Researchers claim they’ve developed a better, faster Tor

arstechnica.com — Tor, the world's largest and most well-known "onion router" network, offers a degree of anonymity that has made it a popular tool of journalists, dissidents, and everyday Internet users who are trying to avoid government or corporate censorship (as well as Internet drug lords and child pornographers).

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million cars over remote hack vulnerability

arstechnica.com — In the wake of the demonstration of a vulnerability in the "connected car" software used in a large number of Chrysler and Dodge vehicles in the United States, Fiat Chrysler NV announced today that it was recalling approximately 1.4 million vehicles for emergency security patches.
Jul 24, 2015

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million cars over remote hack vulnerability arstechnica.com/?p=713093

Jul 24, 2015

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million cars over remote hack vulnerability arstechnica.com/?p=713093

Jul 24, 2015

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M cars for cybersecurity arstechnica.com/?p=713093 Car co.s have ignored such warnings for yrs scientificamerican.com/article/fact-o…

Founder of GNU bestows blessing upon open-source crowdfunding site

arstechnica.com — Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project known by many in the open source worlds as rms, is not the sort of person you'd expect to endorse a product. But Stallman and the FSF have formed a partnership of sorts with Crowd Supply, a crowdfunding company that has been largely focused on open source hardware and software projects.
Jul 23, 2015

Founder of GNU bestows blessing upon open-source crowdfunding site arstechnica.com/?p=712369

Jul 24, 2015

Richard Stallman bestows blessing upon open source crowdfunding site buff.ly/1HMrXAP My story on Crowd Supply: buff.ly/1HMrXAQ

Obama administration decides not to blame China publicly for OPM hack

arstechnica.com — US government officials are nearly certain that the Chinese government was involved in the theft of sensitive personal information about millions of government employees, members of the US military, and employees of government contractors requiring background checks or security clearances from the systems of the Office of Personnel Management.
Jul 22, 2015

Obama administration decides not to blame China publicly for OPM hack arstechnica.com/?p=711777 Doh.

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Jul 31, 2015

Hey, @DavePorcello and @PwnieExpress - you'll never guess what I've got running console for Raspberry Pwn... pic.twitter.com/NCdfXs12rr

Jul 31, 2015

I don't know whether I should be embarrassed about that, or Comcast should.

Jul 31, 2015

This week's embarrassing fact: it turns out Comcast "grandfathered" my rate for broadband. I was paying for 2x the bandwidth I was getting.

Jul 31, 2015

NSA report shows China hacked 600+ US targets over 5 years arstechnica.com/?p=717405

Jul 31, 2015

@extremelabs They've patched the mobile app that was the problem. I'm waiting for more tech details, tho: this could be a Wi-Fi MiTM thing.

Jul 31, 2015

OwnStar: Researcher hijacks remote access to OnStar [Updated] - GM / OnStar has patched mobile app vulnerability. arstechnica.com/?p=716087

Jul 31, 2015

RT @OnStar: @craigweich @thepacketrat Hi Craig, an iOS Remotelink app update is available for customers that fixes the vulnerability. ^KD



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