The week of August 9, 2015

Hack the Planet, Part II
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The blacklisting of Hector ‘Sabu’ Monsegur

By Kevin Collier

The most controversial hacker turned informant of his generation wants to become a cybersecurity hired gun, but will anyone let him?

Features

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The year of the Lizard Squad

By William Turton

Unraveling the history of the hackers who stole Christmas.

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Confessions of a social engineer

By Dell Cameron

He conned his ways into a small fortune. Now he’s spilling his secrets.

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Hacking our way to a better world

By Jesse Hicks

Alexa Clay, the co-author of The Misfit Economy discusses how the hacker ethos can help make our institutions more transparent and our jobs more fulfilling.

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Everything you need to know about password security, explained by 19th century slang

By Aaron Sankin

“Password” is just as terrible of a name for your junk as it is as a password.

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How the U.S. government puts whistleblowers at risk

By Patrick Howell O'Neill

The U.S. government has systems for blowing the whistle—but nobody should use them.

Opinion

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It’s time to build the private Web

By Nico Sell

Why encryption is a basic human right.

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It’s time for police to end their dangerous misunderstanding of technology

By Gillian Branstetter

A middle schooler could go to prison for a prank because cops don’t understand tech.

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Deleting your browser history could land you in prison

By S.E. Smith

The absence of evidence isn’t proof of a crime.