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Sara Sorcher

Washington, D.C.
Deputy Editor, Passcode — Christian Science Monitor
Covers:  national security, foreign policy, foreign aid, war, congress, drones, counterterrorism, intelligence, cybersecurity, defense industry, export control

Deputy editor of @CSMPasscode, covering digital security & privacy. Former National Journal nat'l security correspondent. 0x9A199099

Sara Sorcher is the deputy editor of a forthcoming cybersecurity and technology section at the Christian Science Monitor. Previously, she was National Journal's national security correspondent. Her work at the magazine from 2013 won the National Press Club's Michael Dornheim award. Before joining the newsroom in September 2010, Sorcher worked as a freelance journalist in Israel. Her print and video packages have been featured with major outlets including ...

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National Press Club Award

2014 - Michael A. Dornheim award for defense reporting
From the judges: “Sara’s work explored defense procurement, civil applications of unmanned aerial vehicles, federal budgeting and congressional oversight. Sara combine dogged reporting and deft writing to produce stories that explained the sweeping political and economic forces affecting defense and aerospace – but also with an eye for the perfect illustrative detail.”

What was your first job as a journalist?

During college, I was an intern with ABC News 20/20 & Primetime in NYC.

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What's your favorite social network?

Twitter for news, Facebook for sharing.

Opinion: How to fix an internet of broken things — The recent cyberattack that crippled much of the web last week took advantage of vulnerabilities in home products connected to the internet. Fixing those flaws is possible but it requires public action and industry cooperation. -The massive distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack that paralyzed much of the web last week focused a bright spotlight on insecurities in the so-called Internet of Things.

The technologist convincing the Pentagon to love hackers — Lisa Wiswell was the driving force behind the Defense Department's first-ever bug bounty program, which rewarded outside security researchers for finding vulnerabilities in its websites. Now, the Pentagon is expanding the effort. -Minutes after news of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack broke last year, Lisa Wiswell started getting calls from hackers.

After blaming Russia for DNC hack, Obama weighs response — The Obama administration is planning to respond to Russia's suspected cyberattacks on US political organizations. What are its options? -The Obama administration's decision to blame Russia for cyberattacks against the Democratic National Committee may not be the last Moscow hears from Washington over the alleged hacks.

Is Silicon Valley losing the fight over user data? — News that Yahoo and Apple collect information that can assist with government surveillance highlights a privacy tug-of-war between tech firms and law enforcement. -Since Edward Snowden revealed that tech companies and the National Security Agency collaborated on US surveillance programs three years ago, Silicon Valley has ramped up efforts to encrypt user information and fight off government requests for data.

Podcast: Thomas Rid on the 'Rise of the Machines' — On this episode of The Cybersecurity Podcast, New America's Peter Singer and Passcode's Sara Sorcher interview Thomas Rid, a war studies professor at King's College, about his new book, "Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History." -As technology advances, computers are smarter than ever: They can understand human speech and even drive cars.

What's Obama's next move after blaming Moscow for hacks? — Now that the Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence officially accused the Russian government of conducting cyberattacks on US political targets, will the administration retaliate? -The Obama administration officially blamed Russia for attempting to interfere with US elections by directing cyberattacks at the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations.

Digital attack on journalist raises specter of online censorship — After an unprecedented online assault took down cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs's influential cybersecurity blog, he was able to return to the web because of a new service that protects journalists and activists from online censorship. -When cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs exposes internet crime rings or digital fraudsters, retaliation often follows.

Podcast: Government hacking v. human rights — On the latest edition of The Cybersecurity Podcast, digital privacy expert Amie Stepanovich discusses government hacking from a human rights perspective. The government can hack you ... legally. It sounds like a dystopian sci-fi novel, but all around the world, governments are increasingly breaking into personal computers and smartphones to carry out spy operations.

Podcast: How the University of Central Florida built a hacking dynasty — It's a scene familiar to many cybersecurity professionals: Network defenders try to keep business running while fighting off digital attacks. But it's also the scenario for one of the country's largest student cyberdefense competitions, the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

Video: So you want to be a hacker? Advice from the kids of DEF CON — Passcode caught up with some of the kids at r00tz Asylum to get their advice: What's the first step other kids - or anyone, really - should take if they want to be a hacker? These are hacker kids.
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