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Some reporters have a fixed office that probably does not change from day-to-day, and its location and IP address are known. Trouble is it is fairly easy to forge an IP address, so a sufficiently well informed black hat can pretend to be sending from the proper IP address. Another problem is that other reporters move around a lot from day-to-day or even hour-to-hour, and this reduces the likelihood that knowledge of IP address, etc., will be any use,

An encrypted VPN, with the user having to key in a password, could take care of this. If the software is done right, you'd have to have possession of the physical machine AND know a password in order to learn how to forge the IP address.

There could be a second layer of validation that relies on device memory of the previous time the two devices (the client's machine and the VPN server) successfully connected.
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