Quinn Norton

A journalist of Hackers, Bodies, Technologies and Internets. ‘’Useless in terms of… tactical details’’ -Stratfor


Everything Is Broken


Once upon a time, a friend of mine accidentally took over thousands of computers. He had found a vulnerability in a piece of software and started playing with it. In the…


Life After Death

Fame I Didn’t Ask For


The moment I understood that life was going to be different was when I heard that his name was trending in Bangalore. I was…


A Week of Fame

The Message Reflects


This week, the Message will be bringing you essays and stories about fame — its glory and lack of, its horrors…


Stop Taking Dick Pics, But Not Because of the NSA. (SFW)


Getting real security is going to require a consumer revolt

Publications edited by Quinn Norton

A writer’s attempt to understand a world being weirded by a network. Authored by Quinn Norton.

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Whiteness:

Fun, Scientific, and Creative Ways of Eating.


One Does Not Simply Send An Email

And Other Lessons for a Safer Internet


Last week, I received an email from the marketing bit of an NGO. This is not an uncommon…


Attribution is hard


Did British Spies Use NSA Data to Spy on You?

Find out.


For the first time since Edward Snowden revealed the indiscriminate spying of the Five Eyes national…


We Should All Step Back from Security Journalism

I’ll Go First


I started studying the computer underground back when I worked in tech, as an early web developer, in…


I Don’t Know if Je Suis Charlie

But in Paris, the lines between freedom, anger, and extremism are messier than we can admit.

By Quinn Norton


Quinn’s 12 Tips for Beating Christmas Blues


It’s almost not enough to say I love Christmas. I frickin’ love Christmas. I just about always have a great time. My Christmases are full of…