Kate Conger

Kate Conger is a writer at TechCrunch, covering policy and security.

Prior to joining TechCrunch, she was the managing editor of the journalism startup Ratter. Her work has appeared in Motherboard, The Daily Dot, San Francisco Magazine, and SF Weekly.

Contact Kate at kate.conger@techcrunch.com.

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  • How to secure your data after the Cloudflare leak

    How to secure your data after the Cloudflare leak

    Cloudflare revealed yesterday that a bug in its code caused sensitive data to leak from some of the major websites that use its performance enhancement and security services. Uber, Fitbit, OkCupid and 1Password are among Cloudflare’s millions of clients, and it’s possible that personal data such as authentication tokens and cookies leaked from many client websites during the… Read More

  • Major Cloudflare bug leaked sensitive data from customers’ websites

    Major Cloudflare bug leaked sensitive data from customers’ websites

    Cloudflare revealed a serious bug in its software today that caused sensitive data like passwords, cookies, authentication tokens to spill in plaintext from its customers’ websites. The announcement is a major blow for the content delivery network, which offers enhanced security and performance for more than 5 million websites. This could have allowed anyone who noticed the error to… Read More

  • Google’s new project aims to clean up comment sections

    Google’s new project aims to clean up comment sections

    If you read stuff on the internet (and obviously you do because hi, you’re reading a blog) then you know the golden rule: never read the comments. Scrolling past the end of a story is an adventure into a realm of racism, conspiracy theories and ad hominem attacks that will quickly make you lose your faith in humanity. But instead of encountering Godwin’s Law in the comments, you… Read More

  • Trump’s hiring freeze is taking jobs away from cybersecurity students

    Trump’s hiring freeze is taking jobs away from cybersecurity students

    One of President Trump’s first moves in office was to order a sweeping hiring freeze across the federal government, preventing hiring for all jobs except for narrow exemptions in national security and the military. Although the executive order hasn’t stirred as much controversy has Trump’s more recent orders on immigration, it will have extensive consequences for… Read More

  • Learn how to design for privacy and security from Facebook’s Benjamin Strahs

    Learn how to design for privacy and security from Facebook’s Benjamin Strahs

    Freshly launched startups often don’t have the funding for a fully formed security team, but a data breach or a privacy overreach can be deadly for a new company. That’s why Facebook security engineer Benjamin Strahs is joining TechCrunch at our D.C. meetup and pitch-off this week: He’ll offer advice to founders about how to bootstrap a secure culture at their… Read More

  • Encrypted chat app Wickr opens code for public review

    Encrypted chat app Wickr opens code for public review

    Security researchers have wanted a peek at Wickr’s code since the secure messaging app launched in 2012, and now they’re finally getting that chance. Wickr is publishing its code for Wickr Professional, the subscription-based enterprise version of its free messaging app, today for public review. The public review builds on private third party code reviews by security experts like… Read More

  • Yahoo notifying users of malicious account activity as Verizon deal progresses

    Yahoo notifying users of malicious account activity as Verizon deal progresses

    Yahoo is continuing to issue warnings to users about several security incidents as it moves toward an acquisition by Verizon. Users are receiving notifications today about unauthorized access to their accounts in 2015 and 2016, which occurred due to previously disclosed cookie forging. “As we have previously disclosed, our outside forensic experts have been investigating the creation… Read More

  • Twitter fights for disclosure of national security letters

    Twitter fights for disclosure of national security letters

    Twitter is fighting to disclose how many times the government has secretly accessed its users’ data — and a judge may soon allow the company to do so. Twitter’s fight has been ongoing since 2014, and the company recently saw progress when it was allowed to publish two national security letters. The government uses national security letters (NSLs) to extract user data from… Read More

  • Microsoft calls for establishment of a digital Geneva Convention

    Microsoft calls for establishment of a digital Geneva Convention

    As the public grows more concerned with state-sponsored hacking, Microsoft is calling on tech companies to form a so-called “Digital Geneva Convention” by promising to protect users from nation-state attacks and vowing to never mount offensive cyber attacks. Microsoft is also pushing governments around the world to establish norms for engagement in digital warfare. Microsoft… Read More

  • Yelp’s bug bounty improves security and attracts talent

    Yelp’s bug bounty improves security and attracts talent

    Since Yelp opened its bug bounty to the public six months ago, the company has paid out more than $17,000 to hackers who have discovered vulnerabilities in its products. But the bug bounty program doesn’t just improve security, Yelp executives say, but also helps attract security talent to join Yelp full-time. Bug bounty programs give hackers an avenue to report vulnerabilities to… Read More

  • John Podesta talks email hack, fake news and Russia

    John Podesta talks email hack, fake news and Russia

    Until October, John Podesta was most known as a diehard Democratic campaigner who worked in the White House under Bill Clinton and served as the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. But after WikiLeaks began publishing a trove of Podesta’s emails in the final month before the 2016 election, Podesta became perhaps the most widely recognized victim of hacking. Read More

  • Zendesk, Tesla and Adobe join amicus brief opposing Trump’s immigration order

    Zendesk, Tesla and Adobe join amicus brief opposing Trump’s immigration order

    Nearly 100 companies filed an amicus brief on February 5 stating their opposition to President Trump’s immigration ban. Zendesk intends to join those companies in a court filing this afternoon, sources tell TechCrunch. The software company plans to sign on to the amicus brief via a filing this afternoon in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the Trump administration is appealing… Read More

  • 97 companies file opposition to Trump’s immigration order

    97 companies file opposition to Trump’s immigration order

    Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and other tech companies filed an amicus brief tonight voicing opposition to President Trump’s executive order on immigration on the grounds that it is discriminatory and has a negative impact on business. The companies filed their brief in a case brought by Minnesota and Washington state, which challenges Trump’s executive order. The Trump… Read More

  • How WhatsApp is fighting spam after its encryption rollout

    How WhatsApp is fighting spam after its encryption rollout

    WhatsApp proved itself to be the most YOLO-crypto company of 2016 when it turned on end-to-end encryption by default last April for its more than 1 billion users. (Facebook, WhatsApp’s parent company, took a more cautious approach when it added opt-in encryption to Messenger.) But WhatsApp’s all-in approach has come at a cost — the company’s executives were arrested… Read More

  • Snap sees risks in Brexit, hacking and China’s Great Firewall

    Snap sees risks in Brexit, hacking and China’s Great Firewall

    Snapchat, which filed for its initial public offering today, sees potential risks to its business in cybersecurity and international regulation, particularly in China and the European Union. Security breaches — and the privacy concerns that follow — have already caused problems for Snapchat, according to its filing. The document refers to a CEO impersonation scam that occurred… Read More

  • ForeScout Technologies filed confidentially for IPO

    ForeScout Technologies filed confidentially for IPO

    ForeScout has filed confidentially for an IPO, TechCrunch has confirmed. The security company has submitted its S-1 and will be unveiling it to the public closer to its debut. The IPO is likely to happen in the next few months, with an exact date yet-to-be-determined. The JOBS Act from 2012 made it so that the companies could work on revisions to their filings without public scrutiny. It has… Read More

  • Trump’s draft cybersecurity order raises policy questions

    Trump’s draft cybersecurity order raises policy questions

    President Trump cancelled the signing of an executive order on cybersecurity without explanation, per pool reports. Trump had been expected to sign the order today to commission a review of the federal government’s capabilities and defenses, similar to reviews ordered by Obama when he took office and again last year. A White House official acknowledged the similarities between… Read More

  • Facebook challenges email for control of your online identity

    Facebook challenges email for control of your online identity

    Getting locked out of your account sucks. Almost everyone has experienced the frustration of forgetting a password, losing the phone on which they receive two-factor authentication codes, or jumbling the answer to a security question. But as exasperating as it is to lose access to your account, none of the widely-available measures for account recovery are very secure. Major breaches like… Read More

  • Airbnb offers free housing to people stranded by immigration order

    Airbnb offers free housing to people stranded by immigration order

    In the midst of chaos caused by President Donald Trump’s executive order, which stranded refugees, students and green card holders in American airports, Airbnb is offering housing to those affected. The executive order was countered with legal action and protests, which allowed some of the people detained in airports to be released. But it’s still not clear how Customs and… Read More

  • Tech reacts to Trump’s immigration ban

    Tech reacts to Trump’s immigration ban

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday that temporarily halted the admission of refugees, indefinitely banned the admission of refugees from Syria, and stopped citizens of several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. The American Civil Liberties Union has already filed a legal challenge to the order. The order is so sweeping that it also includes any green card… Read More

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