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’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
3 days ago
Hacking

Black Hat Talk About ‘Time AI’ Causes Uproar, Is Deleted By Conference

A controversial sponsored talk at the Black Hat security conference caused an uproar among security professionals and prompted the conference to delete the talk from the internet.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Joseph Cox
8.11.19
privacy

Researchers Show How Europe's Data Protection Laws Can Dox People

A security researcher was able to get companies to give him his fiance’s Social Security Number, passwords, and other sensitive private information with her consent by taking advantage of GDPR’s 'Right of Access' requests.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.8.19
Hacking

Capital One Is the One to Blame for Exposing Your Data

Multiple experts have drawn issue with Capital One’s explanations for its data breach of records on over 100 million people.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.30.19
Hacking

Cybersecurity Firm Drops Code for the Incredibly Dangerous Windows ‘BlueKeep’ Vulnerability

Researchers from U.S. government contractor Immunity have developed a working exploit for the feared Windows bug known as BlueKeep.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.26.19
Hacking

Vigilante Hacker ‘Phineas Fisher’ Denies Working for the Russian Government

In a new book, a veteran cybersecurity reporter wrote that the infamous hacker who embarrassed surveillance vendors FinFisher and Hacking Team may be a Russian government agent. We caught up with Phineas Fisher and broke down the evidence.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.23.19
Hacking

No, You Don’t Need a Burner Phone at a Hacking Conference

Every year, infosec Twitter debates whether people should bring a burner phone to conferences like Def Con or Black Hat. Here’s why we think you don’t need to worry about that.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.18.19
Hacking

Someone Hacked My T-Mobile Account and T-Mobile Won’t Talk About It

Cell phone carriers still have a long way to go before making your accounts truly secure.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.18.19
Hacking

Someone Is Spamming and Breaking a Core Component of PGP’s Ecosystem

A new wave of spamming attacks on a core component of PGP’s ecosystem has highlighted a fundamental weakness in the whole ecosystem.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.3.19
labor

Google Jigsaw’s CEO ‘Frustrated and Disappointed’ With His Own Team’s Toxic Culture

Here’s the email Jigsaw’s CEO Jared Cohen sent his team after a Motherboard investigation into the team’s mismanagement.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.3.19
Hacking

Hackers Hijacked VR Chatrooms to Manipulate Users' Reality

Security researchers found critical vulnerabilities in three different virtual reality applications that would have allowed hackers to take control of victims’ computers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.3.19
labor

Google’s Jigsaw Was Supposed to Save the Internet. Behind the Scenes, It Became a Toxic Mess

Google’s internet freedom moonshot has gotten glowing attention for its ambitious projects. But current and former employees, leaked documents, and internal messages reveal a grim reality.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.2.19
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