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

Chinese hackers breach email of Commerce Secretary Raimondo and State Department officials

Cyberspies from China exploited a fundamental gap in the Microsoft cloud, enabling them to conduct a targeted hack of unclassified U.S. email accounts.

July 12, 2023

Social media injunction unravels plans to protect 2024 elections

The companies and the government spent years expanding efforts to combat election interference after the 2016 vote; the ruling undoes much of that.

July 8, 2023

‘Vague’ injunction on social media should be stayed, Justice Dept. says

The Biden administration asked a federal judge to stay his sweeping July 4 injunction barring many government interactions with social media companies.

July 7, 2023

State Dept. cancels Facebook meetings after judge’s ‘censorship’ ruling

A Louisiana federal court’s order limiting the Biden administration’s communications with tech firms already is disrupting efforts to fight misinformation.

July 5, 2023

Cyberattack knocks out satellite communications for Russian military

At least two groups claimed responsibility for the attack.

June 30, 2023

Russia censored internet news sources as rebellion rumors flew

The speed with which Russia moved to block content related to Wagner showed a substantial increase in the country’s ability to control what news its residents have access to.

June 24, 2023

Apple fixes iPhone software flaws used in widespread hacks of Russians

The flaws had been used to hack thousands of devices in Russia that Russian intelligence blamed on the United States.

June 21, 2023

What you should know about the MOVEit ransomware attack

U.S. officials are still assessing the impact of the attack.

June 16, 2023

Viral Pentagon explosion hoax took off from pro-Russian accounts

The AI-generated image spread quickly after appearing on a verified Twitter account that traffics in conspiracy theories and praises Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

June 9, 2023

These academics studied falsehoods spread by Trump. Now the GOP wants answers.

Rep. Jim Jordan is demanding emails and meetings with leading disinformation researchers, part of a flurry of records requests, subpoenas and lawsuits that academics say have become tools of harassment.

June 6, 2023