#feminism action defense OpSec
- Manan Ahmed
- Jonah Bossewitch
- Tara Conley
- Sierra Eckert
- Emily Fuhrman
- Alex Gil
- Anna Hiatt
- Phillip R. Polefrone
- Juan Francisco Saldarriaga
- Dennis Yi Tenen
- Zoe Wood
Following the turmoil of #gameragate our friends at hashtagfeminism.com are getting hacked. It is our duty as citizens of the internet to protect free speech online. Action Defense is first, an all-nighter code-fest to move
#feminism to a secure, static, hacker-proof platform and second, the attempt to articulate online security basics for the wider activist community.
Online Security for Activists
During the initial meeting our group identified several potential vectors of attack. We’ve closed down vulnerabilities and took steps to harden the site’s publishing platform. These included: deleting default administrator accounts, restricting database user privileges, and limiting code execution. Most importantly, we found and eliminated a number of unauthorized users with administrator privileges.
To further minimize security risks we explored the possibility of moving
#feminism to may first/people link, an
internet service provider that specializes in hosting infrastructure for
progressive mission-based organizations. Finally, we’ve recreated the website
using a static site generator
to evaluate a hostless solution, which would radically reduce the number of
potential attack vectors.