The week of August 9, 2015

Hack the Planet, Part II

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

The year of the Lizard Squad

By William Turton

Unraveling the history of the hackers who stole Christmas.

Confessions of a social engineer

By Dell Cameron

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

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.

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.

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

It’s time to build the private Web

By Nico Sell

Why encryption is a basic human right.

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.

Deleting your browser history could land you in prison

By S.E. Smith

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