My name is Patrick Howell O’Neill. I’m a cybersecurity journalist at MIT Technology Review based in San Francisco. I’m on Twitter at @HowellONeill.

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The fall and rise of a spyware empire, 2019

Kaspersky’s ‘Slingshot’ report burned an ISIS-focused intelligence operation, 2018

FBI pushes private sector to cut ties with Kaspersky, 2017

Inside HackForums’ rebellious cybercrime empire, 2016

The secret mentor of Silk Road’s mastermind, 2015

Verizon is launching a tech news site that bans stories on U.S. spying, 2014

The final confessions of a Silk Road kingpin, 2013