Kate Conger

Kate Conger

Writer

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.

The Latest from Kate Conger

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

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 announce

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 adventu

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 secur

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 secur

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 Wick

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 the

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 s

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 n

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 doe

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. Bu

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 afternoo

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 discri

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 c

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

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 hap

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 federa

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

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 aff

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
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