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

Hacking Team Founder: ‘Hacking Team is Dead’

The company's former CEO posted a bizarre obituary on LinkedIn saying the infamous surveillance firm is "definitely dead."
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4 days ago
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
5.22.20
Hacking

'Scam' Spyware Vendor Gets Caught, Once Again

Security researchers expose a new Android malware linked to Manish Kumar, the infamous owner of government spyware vendor Wolf Intelligence.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.19.20
Gaming

‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ Cheaters Are Getting Owned by 2FA

Activision is forcing Warzone gamers to use their cellphone number to log in, and using it as a way to permaban cheaters.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Emanuel Maiberg
5.14.20
Hacking

iPhone Research Tool Sued by Apple Says It’s Just Like a PlayStation Emulator

Corellium claims its products are fair use of Apple’s code, accuses the tech giant of wanting to be “the fox in the hen house” for security researchers, and quotes Spider-Man.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.13.20
privacy

Am I a Jerk for Refusing to Use a Coronavirus Contact Tracing App?

Is privacy more important than the hypothetical chance to save lives or protect yourself from contagion? We asked an expert.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.13.20
Hacking

Hackers Turned Virginia Government Websites Into Elaborate eBooks Scam Pages

Two subdomains of an official Virginia government website were hijacked and enrolled into a eBooks scam.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.8.20
Hacking

Apple’s Copyright Lawsuit Has Created a ‘Chilling Effect’ on Security Research

Security researchers are scared to buy, use, or even talk about the controversial iPhone emulation software Corellium, whose makers are in a legal battle with Apple.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.5.20
Animal Crossing

This Tech Conference Is Being Held on an Animal Crossing Island

Deserted Island DevOps is a conference held entirely on an island inside the hit video game since IRL is cancelled until further notice.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.30.20
Hacking

This Tweet Crashes Twitter

Do this at your own risk, and be mindful of the risk to others.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.24.20
Hacking

Researchers Say They Caught an iPhone Zero-Day Hack in the Wild

The attack shows, once again, that iPhones can be hacked. But there’s no reason to panic yet.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.22.20
Hacking

Pastebin Made It Harder To Scrape Its Site And Researchers Are Pissed Off

Pastebin quietly changed its terms and services that allowed researchers to study leaked data, malware, and stolen passwords.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.16.20
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