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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
CYBER

The Politician Fighting The Spyware Industry

Outgoing Dutch member of European Parliament Marietje Schaake tells us why spyware is as dangerous as an AK-47, but regulated less.
MOTHERBOARD STAFF
6.7.19
Hacking

It’s Almost Impossible to Tell if Your iPhone Has Been Hacked

A recent vulnerability in WhatsApp shows that there’s little defenders can do to detect and analyze iPhone hacks.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.14.19
Hacking

Hacking Team’s New Owner: ‘We’re Starting From Scratch’

The head of Memento Labs, the new company that acquired infamous spyware vendor Hacking Team, admitted there’s a lot to do to recover after the 2015 breach and the damage to its reputation. But he believes it can compete against market leaders NSO Group.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.18.19
Hacking

Kaspersky Lab Will Now Alert Users to 'Stalkerware' Used In Domestic Abuse

Antivirus company Kaspersky Lab announced that its Android security product will now mark all stalkerware apps as malware, prompting users to delete them.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.3.19
Hacking

Prosecutors Launch Investigation Into Company That Put Malware on Google Play Store

Italian government authorities have launched an inquiry into eSurv, a company that made spyware apps that it concealed as legitimate and innocuous-looking apps on the Google Play Store.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.1.19
Hacking

Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware

Security researchers have found a new kind of government malware that was hiding in plain sight within apps on Android’s Play Store. And they appear to have uncovered a case of lawful intercept gone wrong.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Riccardo Coluccini
3.29.19
When Spies Come Home

Hosting Provider Finally Takes Down Spyware Leak of Thousands of Photos and Phone Calls

After Motherboard reported that a consumer spyware vendor left a lot of incredibly sensitive and private data online, the company’s hosting provider took it down.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.26.19
Hacking

Israeli Hacking Company NSO Group Is Trying to Clean Up Its Image

The notorious and controversial Israeli hacking and surveillance tools vendor NSO Group has launched a big marketing campaign with a new website and Google ads.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.25.19
tech

This Spyware Data Leak Is So Bad We Can't Even Tell You About It

A consumer spyware vendor left a lot of incredibly sensitive and private data, including intimate pictures and private call recordings, for all to see on a server freely accessible over the internet. And it still hasn’t taken the data down.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.22.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast

How Tech Giants Enable ‘Stalkerware’ Software Sold to Abusive Partners

Spyware to spy on romantic partners is a booming industry, but it doesn’t exist in a vacuum.
VICE Staff
2.22.19
When Spies Come Home

PayPal Processes Payments for ‘Stalkerware’ Software Sold to Abusive Partners

The booming industry of spyware to spy on romantic partners doesn’t exist in a vacuum: Companies need financial and tech giants to process their payments and advertise their wares.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.20.19
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