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

NSO Group

Source: Spain is Customer of NSO Group

The Guardian and El Pais reported NSO Group's malware was used to target prominent politicians in Spain. Now a former employee says that Spain has been an NSO Group customer.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Joseph Cox
2 days ago
OpSec

Ghislaine Maxwell Wrapped Her Phone in Tinfoil—What Does That Actually Do?

Maxwell allegedly believed it would help her avoid surveillance.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2 days ago
Hacking

Israeli Court Rules NSO Group Can Continue Exporting Spyware

NSO Group will be allowed to keep exporting its powerful hacking and surveillance tech after what Amnesty Internatioal calls a “disgraceful ruling.”
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3 days ago
Hacking

Signal’s New PIN Feature Worries Cybersecurity Experts

The popular encrypted app is now going to store your contacts in the cloud. Experts are worried this compromises users’ privacy.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.10.20
Hacking

Verizon Adds Protection Against SIM Swapping Hacks in Mobile App

Verizon’s new feature ‘Number Lock’ add an extra layer of security, but it’s not foolproof.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.9.20
Hacking

A Hidden Message in 'Valorant' Anti-Cheat Code Is Recruiting Hackers

Riot Games is trying to recruit hackers and cheaters through an Easter Egg hidden inside the company's anti-cheat system.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.9.20
Hacking

Cops Seize Server that Hosted BlueLeaks, DDoSecrets Says

The seizure is the latest escalation in the battle against BlueLeaks.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.7.20
privacy

Firm That Tracked Protesters Targeted Evangelicals During 2016 Election

The CEO of data broker Mobilewalla, which worked with Republican SuperPACs, says it tracked Evangelicals’ cell phone locations for six months.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.26.20
Hacking

Republicans Who Don’t Understand Encryption Introduce Bill to Break It

Senators have introduced a new bill that would force tech companies to undermine their own encryption to help police investigate crimes.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.24.20
Tech news

Twitter Bans WikiLeaks-Style Website For Publishing ‘BlueLeaks’ Documents

Distributed Denial of Secrets published nearly 270 gigabytes of leaked police documents. Now, they're banned.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.23.20
Hacking

Privacy-Focused OS Wants to Know How Facebook and the FBI Hacked it

The developers of Tails and a video player targeted by Facebook and the FBI in an operation to catch a child predator are still in the dark about how the feds hacked the software.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.23.20
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
6.22.20
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