Vanessa Wormer

Head of Data and Digital Investigations, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Vanessa Wormer is Head of Data and Digital Investigations at the Süddeutsche Zeitung and a member of the Panama and Paradise Papers team. In 2015 she passed the Lede Program in Computing and Data Science at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Since then she has been working at the interface between technology and journalism.

Vanessa is speaking at

September 27, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Room 2.107, HafenCity Universität (HCU)

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  • Vanessa Wormer (Speaker) Head of Data and Digital Investigations, Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Felix Ebert (Speaker) Developer, Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Thorsten Holz (Speaker) Professor, Ruhr-Universität Bochum


More and more often journalists get not only documents, but also software, code or devices leaked. But how to investigate code? What security precautions do you need to take when analyzing a spyware app? How can I crack encrypted code? And what can the software actually tell me?

In this workshop, Vanessa Wormer and Felix Ebert from the Süddeutsche Zeitung together with the computer security researcher Thorsten Holz from the Ruhr University Bochum explain, based on their story on a Chinese surveillance app, how software can be evaluated and what journalistic conclusions can be drawn from it. The participants get to know the basics of Reverse Engineering and learn how to set up an investigation based on code.

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