Thinking usefully about privacy is the first step, says First Look Media’s security director

This is an old post but I’m leaving it here for the hell of it. Failed links have been updated (where possible) or removed.

Matt Nippert from the NZ Herald caught up with First Look Media’s director of security Morgan Marquis-Boire ahead of the 2014 Kiwicon conference in Wellington.

Marquis-Boire is a New Zealander who’s worked for Google and more recently First Look, which publishes The Intercept, led by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill.

Of particular interest to me was this quote:

While unwilling to discuss specific threats to First Look, [Marquis-Boire] said his new workplace faced similar issues to other prominent news organisations.

“Twenty-one out of the world’s twenty-five top news organisations have been targeted by state-sponsored attacks.

As a statistic that definitely shows the viability of the press as a target for espionage,” he said.

Matt Nippert was also a Kiwicon speaker, along with fellow NZ Herald journalist David Fisher, on the subject of:  Hackers and Hacks, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the MSM

The notion of trust underpins much of what the media does: Whether readers trust what they read, and whether sources trust journalists not to burn them to the ground. The Rawshark saga – encompassing Gmail and Facebook hacks, Police raids, ministerial resignations, High Court injunctions and meters of quality news stories – gives an insight into how this process functions under conditions of high stress. Based on historic and [obviously sanitised] contemporary experience, this talk will let you know how the code of journalism works, the limits journalists go to to protect sources and how quickly old media can learn new tricks.

I’m very much looking forward to hearing Nippert and Fisher and the rest of the speakers. This will be my first Kiwicon and it looks like a cracker. See you there.