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Sean Gallagher

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 @ArsTechnica, covering convergence of infotech with defense, security, government and society. Plus sarcasm. For PGP:

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.

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.

How The Jester fooled Russians-and Fox News-with one simple trick. — In case you were busy this weekend and missed it, there was a bit of craziness involving the Russian Foreign Ministry's website, Twitter, various news outlets, and the "patriotic hacker" known as The Jester. Nothing was harmed except the credibility of several news organizations, some eardrums, and the tender feelings of some Russian officials.

Inside the machine uprising: How cameras, DVRs took down parts of the Internet — Welcome to the Internet of Evil Things. The attack that disrupted much of the Internet on October 21 is still being teased apart by investigators, but evidence thus far points to multiple "botnets" of Internet-connected gadgets being responsible for blocking access to the Domain Name Service (DNS) infrastructure at DNS provider Dyn.

7 Spooky Films To Watch Before Halloween This Week — We are one week away from the night of horrors known as Halloween and what a perfect way to get ready for all that candy eating and frightful costume wearing than watching these seven spooky inspired movies to get you in the mood!

It’s Time to Change What We Mean by ‘Credential’ — Today it is widely accepted - if often still debated - that job preparation is one of the fundamental purposes of higher education. College-issued credentials play a major role in the way employers evaluate talent and make hiring decisions, and...

Double-dip Internet-of-Things botnet attack felt across the Internet — The distributed denial of service attacks against dynamic domain name service provider Dyn this morning have now resurged. The attacks have caused outages at services across the Internet. But this second wave of attacks appears to be affecting even more providers.

The Studio Behind Harry Potter Will Be Taking Us Back To The Chocolate Factory — Posted by Sean Gallagher @seangallagher It was revealed yesterday that Warner Bros. and David Heyman of Harry Potter Cinematic Universe fame will be working on a prequel to the much beloved Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory series.

DoS attack on major DNS provider brings Internet to morning crawl — A distributed denial of service attack against Dyn, the dynamic DNS service, affected the availability of dozens of major websites and Internet services this morning, including Twitter and Reddit. The attack, which began this morning at 7:10am Eastern Time, is apparently focused on Dyn's US East Coast name servers.

Russia-linked phishing campaign behind the DNC breach also hit Podesta, Powell — The breach of personal e-mail accounts for Clinton presidential campaign chairman John Podesta and former Secretary of State Colin Powell have now been tied more closely to other breaches involving e-mail accounts for Democratic party political organizations.

Is Russia using journalists as weapons? Does it matter? — Since June, some entity has been releasing e-mails and electronic documents obtained via network intrusions and credential thefts of politicians and political party employees. Some of the releases have appeared on sites believed to be associated with Russian intelligence operations; others have appeared on Wikileaks.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: We must be patient with Olamide Shodipo — EMPICS Sport QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has reiterated that Olamide Shodipo has a big part to play in his long-term plans at QPR, but says the club must be patient with him as he continues his development.
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Oct 26, 2016

If Trump's campaign doesn't pay back the loans, Trump gets to write it off as a business loss. #taxgenius

Oct 26, 2016

Trump loans his campaign millions. Trump uses campaign contributions to pay back his loans, pay for use of his own properties, and buy hats.

Oct 26, 2016

I'm in, as in line to watch you get your ass taken down by true patriots, scumbag. 

Oct 26, 2016

@DougonTech touchscreen MacBook Pro with the Lenovo touch bar on the keyboard.

Oct 26, 2016

@DougonTech certainly Apple is more conservative than Microsoft.

Oct 26, 2016

Apple is the establishment. The ideologically pure establishment. Discuss.

Oct 26, 2016

@businessinsider @mdowney not that I disagree necessarily. Just that's a phrase that makes me want to throw things.

Oct 26, 2016

@businessinsider @mdowney is that sort of like a Trump "people are saying" or are there actual people involved?

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