The first news organization to take this all out for a spin was The New Yorker, which announced its version of the DeadDrop code, StrongBox, back in May. Then Forbes become the first news outlet to take advantage of the new, upgraded code. And it certainly won’t be the last. The Foundation said on Tuesday that six other “major” news organizations plan to install their own versions in the coming months—though it hasn’t announced which ones just yet. Kevin Poulsen, one of the original application developers, wrote on Twitter following the Forbes announcement that Forbes and The New Yorker are just the beginning, adding: “Within six months journalist organizations will outnumber drug websites on the dark net.” The Foundation is also inviting any news outlet that’s interested in getting its own version of the tool to apply for their help here.


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Lauren Kirchner is a freelance writer covering digital security for CJR. Find her on Twitter at @lkirchner