Joseph Menn

San Francisco

Technology reporter specializing in hacking, privacy and surveillance.

Education: Harvard College, A.B. in English

Joseph Menn joined The Post in 2022 after two decades covering technology for Reuters, the Financial Times and the Los Angeles Times. His books include "Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World" (2019) and "Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords who are Bringing Down the Internet" (2010). On Mastodon at
Latest from Joseph Menn

Iran gained access to election results website in 2020, military reveals

U.S. officials disrupted the attack before the votes were tallied.

April 24, 2023

Twitter removes labels from state-controlled media, helping propaganda

The move came the same week that Russia and China were revealed to have been operating armies of fake social media profiles to sway U.S. debate.

April 21, 2023

They were investigating a mass kidnapping. Then their iPhones were hacked.

The attacks struck phones with iOS15 and early versions of iOS16 operating software.

April 19, 2023

U.S. alleges secret Chinese police post in NYC, online tracking of dissidents

“Harry” Lu Jianwang, 61, of the Bronx, and Chen Jinping, 59, of Manhattan, were arrested Monday morning in New York.

April 17, 2023

Russians boasted that just 1% of fake social profiles are caught, leak shows

An analysis of Russia’s effectiveness at boosting propaganda on social media platforms is part of a trove of documents recently leaked on the chat app Discord.

April 16, 2023

Another Israeli spy app has been sold to 10 countries, researchers say

Citizen Lab and Microsoft report the hacking tool QuaDream has been used against politicians and journalists, but they did not identify the victims.

April 11, 2023

Supporters of Indian separatists using Twitter bots to promote violence

Backers of the Khalistani movement are using multiple networks of linked accounts to blast out videos and calls for action simultaneously, before Twitter’s reduced safety staff can respond.

April 10, 2023

Silicon Valley Bank’s risk model flashed red. So its executives changed it.

Silicon Valley Bank's rapid growth raised internal concerns that were overshadowed in a culture of executives driven to deliver profits, former employees say.

April 2, 2023

Indicted Chinese exile controls Gettr social media site, ex-employees say

Guo Wengui has previously been described as an investor in the site, which was founded by Trump adviser Jason Miller. But former employees say he really controlled the site.

March 26, 2023

Popular apps with Chinese ties can gather more data than TikTok

Everything VPNs hide, such as a user’s physical location, they can see themselves. There are no regulations governing what becomes of that information.

March 26, 2023