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

What Is CrowdStrike and Why Is Donald Trump Blabbering About It to Ukraine

Donald Trump talked about a cybersecurity firm in a phone call with the Ukraine President that is now the focus of an impeachment inquiry.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.25.19
labor

45 Google Employees Explain How They Were Retaliated Against for Reporting Abuse

A leaked document highlights stories of abuse and retaliation against Google employees, told by the employees themselves.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.24.19
SURVEILLANCE

The US Government Is Suing Edward Snowden

Snowden published his memoir, 'Permanent Record', and the US government doesn't want him to make any money off of it.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.18.19
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
9.8.19
Hacking

Exploit Sellers Say There are More iPhone Hacks on the Market Than They’ve Ever Seen

There are caveats and the sellers are only a slice of the exploit market, but two exploit brokers say they’re seeing more iOS attacks now.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Joseph Cox
9.4.19
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
8.31.19
Hacking

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

Hackers are getting meta.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.30.19
Hacking

Hacker Releases First Public Jailbreak for Up-to-Date iPhones in Years

Apple accidentally unpatched a vulnerability it had already fixed, making current versions of iOS vulnerable to hackers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.20.19
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
8.19.19
labor

Google Employee Writes Memo About 'The Burden of Being Black at Google'

“Over the last five years I've heard co-workers spew hateful words about immigrants, boast unabashedly about gentrifying neighbourhoods, mockingly imitate people who speak different languages, reject candidates of colour without evidence because of 'fit'.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.16.19
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
8.15.19
labor

Google Employee Alleges Discrimination Against Pregnant Women in Viral Memo

The memo, titled "I'm Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why," has been read by more than 10,000 employees at the company.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Jason Koebler
8.6.19
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