J.M. Porup is a freelance cybersecurity reporter. His work has appeared in Ars Technica, CSM Passcode, Slate, Motherboard, The Daily Dot, The Kernel, and The Economist. He specializes in covering the IoT space.
Porup began studying infosec in 2002. A programmer for many years, he learned the ropes from senior sysadmins who believed security comes first.
We now live on the Internet. The rules are different here. The power balance is different. All of the attacks we've seen over the last fifteen years are on the brink of jumping into the real world. Too few journalists and policymakers understand the consequences. That's a problem.
In addition to infosec reporting, Porup also co-authored five Lonely Planet guidebooks to Latin America: Lonely Planet Venezuela, Lonely Planet Dominican Republic & Haiti, Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring, and Lonely Planet Caribbean Islands. He was the Co-ordinating Author of Lonely Planet Colombia, 5th ed.
Some recent work:
The NSA’s SKYNET Program May Be Killing Thousands of Innocent People Ars Technica UK, February 16, 2016
“Internet of Things” Security Is Hilariously Broken and Getting Worse Ars Technica, January 23, 2016
The Internet of Things is a Surveillance Nightmare The Kernel, March 20, 2016
Hacking Team hacker steals €10K in Bitcoin, sends it to Kurdish anticapitalists in Rojava Ars Technica UK, May 18, 2016
Cothority to Apple: Let’s make secret backdoors impossible Ars Technica, March 10, 2016
British Police, in Witch Hunt, Demand Suspect Turn Over Encryption Keys—For the Second Time Ars Technica, March 31, 2016
Debian Reproducible Builds Motherboard, September, 2015
Malware in the Hospital Slate, January 25, 2016
FDA Presses Medical Device Makers to OK Good Faith Hacking CSM Passcode, February 10, 2016
Ransomware Is Coming to Medical Devices Motherboard, November, 2015
European Spy Tech Sold to Ultra-secret Branch of Egyptian Gov’t, Claims New Report Ars Technica, February 25, 2016
Why Aren't There Better Cybersecurity Regulations for Medical Devices? Motherboard, October, 2015
Drug Pump Maker Denies Security Patch to Researcher Who Found Vulnerabilities Motherboard, December, 2015
'Dissent,' a New Type of Security Tool, Could Markedly Improve Online Anonymity Motherboard, September, 2015
Qubes OS Will Ship Pre-installed on Purism’s Security-focused Librem 13 Laptop Ars Technica, December, 2015
Finally, a ‘Reasonably-Secure’ Operating System: Qubes R3 Motherboard, October, 2015
Qubes: A Digital Fortress? The Economist, March, 2014
This New 'Secure' App for Journalists May Not Be Secure At All Motherboard, October, 2015
Reverse Engineering Proves Journalist Security App Is Anything But Secure Motherboard, October, 2015
How Mexican Twitter Bots Shut Down Dissent Motherboard, September, 2015
The Printing Press Created Journalism. The Internet Will Destroy It. Medium, March, 2014
How a Frozen Neutrino Observatory Grapples with Staggering Amounts of Data Motherboard, October, 2015