I research malware, phishing and disinformation as a Senior Researcher at The Citizen Lab.

Watch a recent talk at the CCC (w/brilliant colleague Bill Marczak), check out my publications, or read my occasional personal research blog.

Want personalized advice on digital security? Get a personal digital security plan at the Security Planner, now published by Consumer Reports for which I was the founding editor at Citizen Lab.

In the past I’ve done work supporting the free and secure flow of information during conflicts. The Voices Projects, which helped bypass internet shutdowns in Egypt and Libya, are an example. I’m a past fellow at Google Ideas / Jigsaw at Alphabet.

Also, I fly robot cameras on kites.

Version: Dec. 2020


Basic Encryption: Boeing & Northrop Grumman lag behind competitors, rest of internet

Seven weeks ago Motherboard reporter Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai penned The World’s Biggest Military Contractors Don’t Encrypt Their Websites. Lorenzo’s good read probably caused some red faces at Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman. The reason is simple: the lack of HTTPS on your site signals that you lag behind the security curve.  This is unfortunate if you …

Google News Launches Hoax Story Into Orbit [updated]

Update (Nov 28, 2017) -The obviously fake GearsOfBiz “news” site now shows only a blank page. However, readers can still find cached versions of the page here (Archive.org) Update (Nov 20, 2017) -After three days receiving Top Story positioning in the Science section, Fox News has now jumped in, and is now chasing the traffic train. It …