The New Yorker Launches 'Strongbox' For Anonymous Tips

But is the service as hack-proof as it claims?

Published On
May 15, 2013

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There's probably no better time than now for the New Yorker to launch "Strongbox." After all, this was the week Bloomberg reporters were pointed at for using their company's terminals to "spy" on their sources, and the AP claimed that the Justice Department seized phone records from its offices to track down the source of an alleged terrorist plot.

So Strongbox, an online "place" where people can send docs and messages to the news magazine anonymously, seems like a good idea. The brainchild of the late Aaron Swartz and Kevin Poulsen, the open-source service uses computrs, thumb drives, IP masker Tor, and others to mask where the info comes from. Here's hoping it doesn't result in New Yorker editors receiving a ton of poetry and/or pornography.