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director of infosec at @theintercept | tweets are @semiphemeral | anonymous tor dropbox https://t.co/RZrEe0mght | he/him
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Oct 4, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Wow this is wild. Chinese spies did a successful supply chain attack against US companies, affecting Amazon, Apple, US gov contractors, and many others. They implanted a tiny malicious chip into circuit boards during manufacturing
bloomberg.com/news/features/… lol
Oct 3, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Close to 1,000 law professors across the country have signed a letter to the U.S. Senate stating that Brett Kavanaugh lacks the “judicial temperament” necessary for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court law.com/2018/10/03/900… Now over 1,200 law professors have signed the letter (so far). Here's the text of it, and the first 1000+ signers' names, titles, and universities nytimes.com/interactive/20…
Aug 23, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
Today, whistleblower Reality Winner was officially sentenced to 63 months in prison, the longest sentence for a journalist's source in federal court history. 1/x Shortly after her plea deal, the Mueller investigation used some of the same information that she revealed to the public to indict 12 Russian military intelligence officers for conducting "large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election."
Aug 15, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
We just published a Snowden document from 2006 about NSA successfully breaking the encryption and spying on VPNs run by Al Jazeera, the Iraqi military, airlines and reservation systems, and other "high potential" targets theintercept.com/2018/08/15/nsa… VPNs are complicated. There are many protocols, and each can be configured in many ways to make it more or less secure. Exactly which VPNs NSA can crack is a closely-guarded secrets, and the Snowden archive doesn't contain the answer.

But it's clear they can't crack everything.
Jul 18, 2018 14 tweets 4 min read
What we learned about Russian and U.S. spycraft from Mueller’s indictment of hackers theintercept.com/2018/07/18/mue… Here are the main takeaways:

The Russians got caught because they didn't compartmentalize enough. They re-used infrastructure for their separate operations (DCLeaks, Guccifer 2.0, spearphishing, hacks of DCCC and DNC), confirming they were all controlled by the same people
Jun 5, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Police broke into @xychelsea's home with guns drawn last week for a "wellness check". We obtained security footage of the armed police raid theintercept.com/2018/06/05/che… "If Chelsea had been home when these cops arrived with guns drawn, she would be dead," her close friend Janus told us, who was on the phone with her that night
Apr 28, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
For the last two years I've carried around a honeypot laptop every time I traveled. After my trip, I did forensic analysis on it to see if anyone tampered with it. I just wrote about the experience and methodology theintercept.com/2018/04/28/com… I checked it in my luggage, which got searched by TSA at least 8 times, and left it unattended in many different hotel rooms, hoping someone would tamper with it. Unfortunately (or, fortunately?) I didn't catch any evil maid attacks.
Feb 14, 2018 41 tweets 24 min read
The Intercept has obtained DMs from a private Twitter group with @WikiLeaks and its most loyal supporters. It includes:

- A desire for GOP to win the 2016 election
- Trolling
- Anti-semitism
- Rampant misogyny, sexist attacks on feminists
- Transphobia

theintercept.com/2018/02/14/jul… One of the members of the group, Hazelpress, archived it to leak to the media after news broke that WikiLeaks was secretly talking to @DonaldJTrumpJr, urging Trump to reject election results as rigged if he lost, asking Trump to get Assange an Australian Ambassadorship
Jan 9, 2018 13 tweets 4 min read
In case you missed it when it was happening, would you like to hear a story about that time @WikiLeaks attacked brave investigative journalists for exposing Vladimir Putin's corruption?

Follow along. 1/x In 2015 an anonymous source leaked a massive trove of tax haven data to the German newspaper @SZ. This was #PanamaPapers. It was an ABSURD amount of data. So SZ enlisted help from an international network of investigative journalists @ICIJ, who shared it further
Jan 4, 2018 14 tweets 4 min read
Over the last two weeks, WikiLeaks has targeted their army of twitter trolls against me, stemming from a unanimous decision from @freedomofpress's board. WikiLeaks and their trolls are spreading a lot of misinformation about this, so I thought I'd just clear it up. 1/x In 2010, US government officials put pressure on Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, and Bank of America to stop processing payments for WikiLeaks. There was no court order, this was an extra-legal attempt to financially censor a news organization. 2/x