Bloomberg BNA accepts confidential news tips that may 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, here are several methods for doing so with as much anonymity as possible. Please note that routine press releases or requests for coverage should not be sent to these contacts.

Postal mail

The easiest way to do so is by postal mail. For additional anonymity you may wish to omit your return address and use a public mailbox. You can mail letters and documents to us at:

Bloomberg BNA
Editorial Dep’t
1801 S. Bell St
Arlington, VA 22202

Signal

You may also contact us using the Signal app available for Apple iOS and Android devices. This app allows encrypted communications for documents, text and voice. Instructions for downloading and using the app can be found at https://whispersystems.org/. BBNA’s contact number is 571-329-4495.

Secure Drop

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 that 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 hardware.

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.

Got it. 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 7mtafjzwv5ups4w3.onion. Follow the instructions you find on our source page to send us 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.