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

Russia says thousands of iPhones were hacked, blames U.S. and Apple

Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab said the campaign had implanted file-stealing malware on iPhones running a year-old version of Apple’s mobile operating system but that it didn't have data to blame anyone.

June 1, 2023

U.S. says Chinese hackers breached gear in Guam, key to Pacific defense

The intruders could be laying the groundwork to disrupt communications between North America and Asia in the event of a military confrontation, according to researchers at Microsoft.

May 24, 2023

Jailed Saudi dissident, sister sue Twitter under RICO act in spy case

The suit argues Twitter broke the law by letting employees reveal the identity of dissidents to Saudi agents who then arrested them.

May 16, 2023

She’s one of Ghana’s most followed Instagram stars. Prosecutors say she was part of a cybercrime ring.

Prosecutors say that Mona Faiz Montrage participated in a ring that took in millions of dollars in various online frauds — including by allegedly convincing a target that they were married.

May 16, 2023

Cybersecurity faces a challenge from artificial intelligence’s rise

The prospect comes as a range of professionals report real progress in security, from slowing ransomware attacks to more timely sharing of information by the U.S. government.

May 11, 2023

Former Uber security chief Sullivan avoids prison in data breach case

More than 180 letters were filed with the judge praising Joe Sullivan and asking that he be spared prison time for covering up the hack of data of 50 million Uber customers.

May 4, 2023

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