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CONFIDENTIAL NEWS TIPS

Information is the lifeblood of the news, and often the most valuable tips come from people who need protection and discretion. Often these are people with something to lose, those who are willing to take a risk to shine a light on a story waiting to be told.

Bloomberg Industry Group has state-of-the-art technology designed to protect the anonymity of people providing us with tips while preserving the integrity of any files that may be shared with the newsroom.

Bloomberg Law, Bloomberg Government, and Bloomberg Tax & Accounting accept confidential news tips that could lead to stories in the areas we cover, including government, regulatory, legal, and business news. If you have information you wish to share with our reporters, the methods for doing so with as much anonymity as possible are listed below. Please note that routine press releases or requests for coverage should not be sent via these methods.

SecureDrop

What is SecureDrop?

SecureDrop is a secure communication platform designed to protect anonymity. As a possible source of news and information, you can use our SecureDrop installation to submit documents and materials to our organization. We control the SecureDrop server, which stores, in an encrypted format, the information and materials you send to us.

What should I know before submitting material through SecureDrop?

To protect your anonymity when using SecureDrop, it is essential that you do not use a network or device that can easily be traced back to your real identity, such as a home or office wifi network. Instead, use public wifi networks as well as devices that you control.

Do NOT access SecureDrop on your employer’s network.

Do NOT access SecureDrop using your employer’s devices, including computers, phones and tablets.

Do NOT access SecureDrop on your home network.

DO access SecureDrop on a network not associated with you, like the wifi at a library or cafe.

How can I submit files and messages through SecureDrop?

Once you are connected to a public network at a cafe or library, download and install the Tor Browser bundle at https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.

Launch the Tor Browser. Visit our organization’s unique SecureDrop URL at bloomberglaw.securedrop.tor.onion
Follow the instructions on our source page to send materials and messages.

When you make your first submission, you will receive a unique codename. Memorize it. If you write it down, be sure to destroy the copy as soon as you’ve committed it to memory. Use your codename to sign back in to our source page, check for responses from our journalists, and upload additional materials.

As a source, what else should I know?

No tool can absolutely guarantee your security or anonymity. There are some best practices, however, that are intended to protect your privacy and anonymity as a source:

Ultimately, however, you access and use SecureDrop at your own risk.

Postal Mail

The easiest way to submit a confidential news tip is by postal mail. You may omit your return address and use a public mailbox. Mail letters and documents to: Bloomberg Industry Group Central News 1801 S. Bell St. Arlington, VA 22202

Signal

You may contact us using the Signal app available for Apple iOS and Android devices. This app allows encrypted communications for documents, text, and voice. Signal protects confidentiality but does not provide anonymity. Instructions for downloading and using the app can be found at https://whispersystems.org/. Our newsroom contact number is 571-329-4495.