As this Scribd story by Jonathan Stray tells us, “journalism is a high risk professions”.
“Even if you’re not working on a sensitive story,” says the assistant adjunct professor at Columbia Journalism School, “you are a target.”
‘Threat Modeling: Planning digital security for your story‘ is an important document for journalists everywhere in recognising and protecting themselves against from hacking attempts and learning to protect documents that could incriminate sources. As well as highlighting instances when the AP and Washington Post were successfully hacked, Stray gives case studies, exercises and resources that help journalists understand security better.
You may just be working on a feature about cupcakes, but if only one journalist at a news organisation is working on a sensitive story then the whole organisation becomes a target. At the very least, this could lead to the story getting blown but it could also mean a source gets arrested or, worse still, killed.
Tags: advice, hacking, journalism tips, online, phishing, security
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