Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai is a staff writer at VICE Motherboard in Brooklyn, New York, where he covers hacking, information security, and digital rights. Prior to working at Motherboard, Lorenzo worked at Mashable and at Wired's Danger Room. He graduated from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. He's also a defrocked lawyer from Barcelona, Spain—although he is actually Italian. In his spare time you can find him eating mozzarella, or arguing with the referee during a soccer match.

To contact him securely, visit: lorenzofb.com.

Lorenzo's PGP fingerprint is: 7DD9 05AF 70AE E1B3 FEEF 2987 F1CF 198F BF50 84F0

Hacking

Apple Disputes Google’s Claims of a Devastating iPhone Hack

Apple says that Google oversold the nature of the hack and that it quickly fixed the vulnerability.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.6.19
Hacking

This Has Been the Worst Year for iPhone Security Yet

After several high profile attacks and embarrassing slip-ups, Apple’s perception as the secure consumer device is starting to crack.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.1.19
Hacking

This Spreadsheet of ‘The Worst 25 Passwords’ Is Actually Malware

Hackers are getting meta.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.30.19
Hacking

Apple’s New Bug Bounty Is a ‘Historical Moment’ For the iPhone’s Security

Apple expanded the scope of its bug bounty, increased payouts, and promised special devices to a select group of researchers. For jailbreakers and hackers, there’s never been a better time to pwn the iPhone.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.19.19
labor

Google Employee Writes Memo About ‘The Burden of Being Black at Google’

“Over the last 5 years I’ve heard co-workers spew hateful words about immigrants, boast unabashedly about gentrifying neighborhoods, mockingly imitate people who speak different languages, reject candidates of color without evidence because of ‘fit.’"
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.16.19
Hacking

Apple’s Lawsuit Against a Startup Shows How It Wants to Control the iPhone Hacking Market

Apple sued Corellium, a company that makes virtual copies of iOS for researchers to practice hacking the iPhone on.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.16.19
Hacking

Infamous Forum For Instagram Hackers Gets Hacked by Other Hackers

Hackers hacked the OGUSERS forum and published its database in another hacker forum.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.19.19
Hacking

Israel Bombing ‘Cyber Operatives’ Isn’t Cyber War, It’s Just War

Experts in cybersecurity and conflict warn that it’s too early to draw dramatic conclusions about Israel’s strike against the alleged Hamas cyber headquarters.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Ben Makuch
5.6.19

This Spyware Data Leak Is So Bad We Can't Even Tell You About It

A consumer spyware vendor left a lot of incredibly sensitive and private data, including intimate pictures and private call recordings, for all to see on a server freely accessible over the internet. And it still hasn’t taken the data down.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.25.19
Hacking

The Prototype iPhones That Hackers Use to Research Apple’s Most Sensitive Code

Very few people have heard of them, but "dev-fused" iPhones sold on the grey market are one of the most important tools for the best iOS hackers in the world.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.7.19
Hacking

Venezuela’s Government Appears To Be Trying to Hack Activists With Phishing Pages

Security researchers and activists exposed a brazen attempt to steal Venezuelan usernames and passwords for popular email and social media websites such as Gmail, Facebook, Microsoft Live, and Twitter.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.17.19
Hacking

Anyone Can Spy on You With FaceTime. Here's How to Turn It Off

A new bug allows anyone to listen in on your iPhone and, for now, there's no fix.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.29.19
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