Telegraph SecureDrop address
SecureDrop is a system designed to be accessed over the dark web to allow sources to anonymously and safely send information to journalists.
It is only possible to access the system using Tor. When you upload files or send us messages using SecureDrop, those messages are encrypted and only members of the Investigations team are able to retrieve and decrypt them. Responses can be posted and are visible only to the original poster.
SecureDrop was developed and is maintained by the Freedom of the Press Foundation and is the de facto standard for secure, anonymous communications with investigative journalists.
We recommend using Tails, a secure, anonymising operating system that boots from a USB stick and provides access to to the dark web using Tor.
Anonymous over Tor with no email addresses associated with messages
All messages and files are automatically encrypted once they are uploaded to the system
Easy to use once using Tor
Standard system for anonymously and securely sending files to journalists
Using Tor is marginally more difficult than using encrypted email
Responses need to be checked for
Most companies monitor for Tor traffic, so it is likely that your employer would notice your activity.
To use Secure Drop, you will need a Tor browser
Accessing the SecureDrop system requires using a Tor browser, which is a special web browser that anonymises and encrypts access to the web. The Telegraph’s SecureDrop system operates as a hidden service on the dark web.
It is possible to use Tor from any operating system, by downloading the bundle from here: https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en
However, to use Tor to its full anonymising potential, you should consider using Tails, a secure operating system that boots your laptop or desktop into a secure environment, separate from your day-to-day system. It is available here: https://tails.boum.org/index.en.html
Some organisations block and monitor Tor traffic, so be wary of using Tor or Tails in your workplace
Some laptops, Chromebooks in particular, won’t allow Tails to boot
Using Tor as an app on your laptop or desktop will leave traces, so consider the security of your device if you are not using Tails.