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

Hackers Hijack Reddit Mod Accounts to Post Pro-Trump Messages

Hackers took control and defaced several large subreddits to post pro-Trump content.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3 days ago
CYBER

How a Vigilante Fights Cheating In The World’s Biggest Video Games

A 24-year-old from London leads a small but dedicated army of volunteer vigilantes that fights cheaters in 'Overwatch' and 'Valorant.'
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.7.20
Hacking

The Vigilante Hunting Down Cheaters in Video Games

This 24-year-old Iraqi who lives in London has spent two years hunting cheaters in 'Overwatch' and 'Valorant', getting thousands of cheaters banned and helping gaming companies improve their games.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.3.20
Hacking

Apple Will Start Sending Special Devices to iPhone Hackers

Apple officially launched the iPhone Research Device Program, and will send iPhone hackers and security researchers special devices that will make it easier for them to find bugs and vulnerabilities.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.23.20
Hacking

‘BlueLeaks’: Group Releases 270GB of Sensitive Police Documents

A collective that hosts leaked data in the public interests published BlueLeaks, a collection of hundreds of thousands of internal documents from police departments across the country.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.23.20
george floyd protests

A Tattoo and an Etsy Shirt Led Cops to Arrest Woman Accused of Burning Cop Cars

An elaborate open-source intelligence investigation shows the potential danger of posting protest photos online.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.18.20
Facebook

Facebook Helped the FBI Hack a Child Predator

Facebook paid a cybersecurity firm six figures to develop a zero-day in Tails to identify a man who extorted and threatened girls.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.10.20
guide

How to Protest Without Sacrificing Your Digital Privacy

How to keep your digital devices and accounts safe when exercising your right to peaceably assemble.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.2.20
Hacking

How iPhone Hackers Got Their Hands on the New iOS Months Before Its Release

Several people, including security researchers, hackers and bloggers, have had access to an early version of the new iOS 14 for months.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.23.20
Hacking

Hackers Are Selling a Critical Zoom Zero-Day Exploit for £400,000

People who trade in zero-day exploits say there are two Zoom zero-days, one for Windows and one for MacOS, on the market.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.15.20
Hacking

This Is a Rare Prototype of the First Apple Watch

A collector has gotten his hands on rare prototypes of the first generation of Apple Watches, and hopes to sell them for thousands of dollars.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.14.20
Hacking

Interest in Zoom Zero-Day Hacks Is 'Sky-High' as Meetings Move Online

Hackers are turning their attention to Zoom in hopes of selling bugs for thousands of dollars to government agents or other customers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.8.20
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