How to submit confidential tips to Vox using SecureDrop and PGP

Updated on Apr 20, 2017, 2:21 pm EDT

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Vox relies on knowledgeable inside sources to help us understand the news so we can explain it to our readers. If you have information that the public needs to know — especially about wrongdoing by governments, corporations, or other powerful institutions — we want to hear from you. We’re committed to protecting the confidentiality of sources who don’t want to be publicly identified, and we use technology like PGP and SecureDrop to help sources communicate with us securely.

How to tip Vox

Email

Email is the easiest way to reach us. Send tips to the general Vox email here: tips@vox.com.

You can find emails for specific Vox reporters by clicking on their names in the Vox staff list.

If you are at risk of reprisal, do not to use your work email or computer. For added security, create a new, anonymous email account for communication with us, and set up and use the account via public (not home) wifi, or with the anonymous Tor browser.

Some of our reporters use PGP, which encrypts the contents of emails but does not disguise the sender or recipient. If a Vox reporter uses PGP, you should find their PGP information in their Twitter bio.

SecureDrop

SecureDrop is the most secure way to send documents to Vox, although it requires some additional work. Accessible only through the Tor browser, our SecureDrop instance can be reached by pasting 2cq26ys7wjhryrzw.onion into the browser’s address bar. After submitting documents, you will be given a password that will allow you to check for responses at the same address.

The Tor network will disguise which site you’re visiting, and SecureDrop will not store any information that could identify you. Network operators may still be able to see that you have accessed the Tor network, so you should avoid accessing SecureDrop from potentially hostile networks, such as at your workplace.


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