Security

Washington Post begins to encrypt parts of its website, making it more difficult for hackers to track reading habits of visitors

You might have heard: In November, The New York Times challenged news organizations to begin automatically encrypting their sites’ traffic by the end of 2015 (New York Times) But did you know: To make it more difficult for hackers, government agencies and others to track the reading habits of users, The Washington Post is beginning […]

A new whistleblowing platform in Africa helps investigative journalists protect sources

A new platform called afriLeaks is helping editors and journalists in Africa protect sources who leak sensitive information. afriLeaks provides a secure platform for sources to share information and upload sensitive documents. The platform is being rolled out to the African media by the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting after being tested by […]

A malware email attack temporarily takes down Australian TV news channel, a wake-up call for news publishers globally

The 24-hour TV news service of the Australian national public broadcaster, ABC News 24, was taken off air temporarily on Tuesday morning, after an widespread email attack. At least two different malicious emails, designed to trick users into downloading crypto-ransomware, were sent to the Sydney office of the public broadcaster. The attack caused technical difficulties […]

Meet the online tracking device that is virtually impossible to block

A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn. But fingerprints are unusually hard to block: They can’t be prevented by using standard Web browser privacy settings or using anti-tracking tools such as AdBlock Plus. Canvas fingerprinting computer code, primarily written […]

Cybersecurity and what the media needs to know

In an interview with Journalist’s Resource, Peter W. Singer sits down with John Wihbey to discuss his book Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know. Specifically, Singer addresses what the media should learn about cyber threats and how journalists are shaping the wider cybersecurity narrative, for good and bad.