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Italian prosecutors have given up on catching the person who hacked and destroyed Hacking Team

Hacking Team (previously) was an Italian company that developed cyberweapons that it sold to oppressive government around the world, to be used against their own citizens to monitor and suppress political oppositions; in 2015, a hacker calling themselves "Phineas Fisher" hacked and dumped hundreds of gigabytes' worth of internal Hacking Team data, effectively killing the company. Three years later, the Italian prosecutors who have been chasing Phineas Fisher have given up on unmasking them....
Tags: Security, Post, News, Italy, Infosec, Sudan, Vpn, Petard, Malta, Hacking Team, Lawful Interception, Fisher, Phineas Fisher, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai Motherboard, Fisher Fisher


An Ex-NSA Hacker Who Has Organized the First-Ever Mac Security Conference (slashdot)

Motherboard's Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai spoke with Patrick Wardle, the ex-NSA hacker who's organizing a security conference exclusively dedicated to Macs. Despite what Apple has famously promoted in the mid 2000s that Macs don't get "PC viruses," Mac computers do in fact have bugs, vulnerabilities, and even malware targeted at them. From the report: "People are peeking behind the curtain and realizing that the facade of Mac security is not always what it's cracked to be," Wardle told Motherb...
Tags: Apple, News, Mac, Nsa, Hawaii, Motherboard, Maui, Maui Hawaii, Patrick Wardle, Wardle, Fort Meade, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, BeauHD, Apple Wardle


A detailed anatomy of the hack that compromised Facebook's 50 million user breach

Yesterday, at least 90,000,000 Facebook users were forced to log back into the service without any explanation; later, the company revealed that at least 50,000,000 of them had been hacked, but wouldn't say how. In a detailed anatomy of the hack based on an explanation provided by Facebook vice president of product management Guy Rosen, Motherboard's Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai and Jason Koebler provide insight into the mechanics of the breach. The vulnerability was in Facebook's somew...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Post, News, Infosec, John, Rosen, Jason Koebler, Breaches, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Jason Koebler Motherboard, DeleteFacebook, Access Tokens, View As, Rosen Motherboard


An Ex-NSA Hacker Who Has Organized the First-Ever Mac Security Conference

Motherboard's Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai spoke with Patrick Wardle, the ex-NSA hacker who's organizing a security conference exclusively dedicated to Macs. Despite what Apple has famously promoted in the mid 2000s that Macs don't get "PC viruses," Mac computers do in fact have bugs, vulnerabilities, and even malware targeted at them. From the report: "People are peeking behind the curtain and realizing that the facade of Mac security is not always what it's cracked to be," Wardle told Motherb...
Tags: Apple, Mac, Nsa, Tech, Hawaii, Motherboard, Maui, Maui Hawaii, Patrick Wardle, Wardle, Fort Meade, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Apple Wardle


Apple Has Started Paying Hackers for iPhone Exploits

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: In 2016, Apple's head of security surprised the attendees of one of the biggest security conference in the world by announcing a bug bounty program for Apple's mobile operating system iOS. At the beginning, Apple struggled to woo researchers and convince them to report high-value bugs. For the researchers, the main issue was that the bugs they discovered were too valuable to report to Apple, despite rewards as high as $200,000. Companies ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Tech, Cupertino, Zimperium, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Grayshift, Adam Donefeld, Donefeld


People are talking about this amazing photo of Jack Dorsey and Alex Jones as a funny, dystopian, yet iconic image (TWTR, FB)

It was a day that will go down in tech history books, as much for its potential significance as for its utter bizarreness.  For a brief moment on Wednesday, the worlds of Silicon Valley business, partisan politics, conspiracy theorists and the theater of the absurd all collided into one magnificent spectacle, as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey visited Washington DC for back-to-back Congressional hearings.  In the morning, Dorsey joined Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in the Senate to answer questions abou...
Tags: Google, Congress, Senate, Politico, Trends, Washington Dc, Silicon Valley, Jack Dorsey, Sheryl Sandberg, Casio, Dorsey, Marty Mcfly, Alex Jones, Capitol, Congressional, Velasquez


Review of a disarmingly convincing $100 counterfeit iPhone X

Jason Koebler and Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai received a $100 iPhone X from China and marveled at how convincing the top-to-bottom, software-to-hardware bootleggery is. iOS is recreated down to the pixel as an Android skin; only the sluggish performance, on-screen keyboard give the game away. Even many of the apps are nearly perfect, though once they run into the bad ones, it's immediately clear what is at hand. And how very bad some of them are... Evans also found “plenty of evidence” of a “...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Post, News, China, Mistakes, Evans, Fakes, Jason Koebler, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, IMEI MAC


The SIM Hijackers

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai of Motherboard has a chilling story on how hackers flip seized Instagram handles and cryptocurrency in a shady, buzzing underground market for stolen accounts and usernames. Their victim's weakness? Phone numbers. He writes: First, criminals call a cell phone carrier's tech support number pretending to be their target. They explain to the company's employee that they "lost" their SIM card, requesting their phone number be transferred, or ported, to a new SIM card th...
Tags: Tech, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai


Cops Are Confident iPhone Hackers Have Found a Workaround to Apple's New Security Feature

Joseph Cox, and Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: Apple confirmed to The New York Times Wednesday it was going to introduce a new security feature, first reported by Motherboard. USB Restricted Mode, as the new feature is called, essentially turns the iPhone's lightning cable port into a charge-only interface if someone hasn't unlocked the device with its passcode within the last hour, meaning phone forensic tools shouldn't be able to unlock phones. Naturally, this featur...
Tags: Apple, Tech, New York Times, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Joseph Cox, Grayshift


Apple Is Testing a Feature That Could Kill Police iPhone Unlockers

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: On Monday, at its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple teased the upcoming release of the iPhone's operating system, iOS 12. Among its most anticipated features are group FaceTime, Animoji, and a ruler app. But iOS 12's killer feature might be something that's been rumored for a while and wasn't discussed at Apple's event. It's called USB Restricted Mode, and Apple has been including it in some of the iOS beta releases since iOS 11.3. T...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Worldwide Developers Conference Apple, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, FaceTime Animoji, Cellebrite Ryan Duff, Cyber Solutions


Ex-NSA Hacker Is Building an AI To Find Hate and Far-Right Symbols on Twitter and Facebook

Motherboard reporter Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai has interviewed Emily Crose, a former NSA hacker, who has built NEMESIS, an AI-powered program that can help spot symbols that have been co-opted by hate groups to signal to each other in plain sight. Crose, who has also moderated Reddit in the past, thought of building NEMESIS after the Charlottesville, Virginia incident last year. From the report: Crose's motivation is to expose white nationalists who use more or less obscure, mundane, or abst...
Tags: Nsa, Tech, Reddit, Black Sun, Charlottesville Virginia, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Emily Crose, Far Right Symbols on Twitter and Facebook, Crose


Google Releases Tool To Help iPhone Hackers

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for Motherboard: Google has released a powerful tool that can help security researchers hack and find bugs in iOS 11.1.2, a very recent version of the iPhone operating system. The exploit is the work of Ian Beer, one of the most prolific iOS bug hunters, and a member of Google Project Zero, which works to find bugs in all types of software, including that not made by Google. Beer released the tool Monday, which he says should work for "all devices." The pro...
Tags: Google, Tech, Google Project Zero, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Ian Beer, Google Beer


Cryptocurrencies Aren't 'Crypto'

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for the Motherboard: Lately on the internet, people in the world of Bitcoin and other digital currencies are starting to use the word "crypto" as a catch-all term for the lightly regulated and burgeoning world of digital currencies in general, or for the word "cryptocurrency" -- which probably shouldn't even be called "currency," by the way. For example, in response to the recent rise of Bitcoin's price, the CEO of Shapeshift recently tweeted: "don't go int...
Tags: US, Tech, Bitcoin, Crypto, Google News, Steven Levy, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, ShapeShift


Bug in Google's Bug Tracker Lets Researcher Access List of Company's Vulnerabilities

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for Motherboard: Google's platform to deal with bugs and unpatched vulnerabilities had a bug that allowed a security researcher to see a full list of known, unpatched vulnerabilities within Google, creating a kind of bug inception that could have led to more damaging hacks. Alex Birsan, a security researcher, found three vulnerabilities inside the Google Issue Tracker, the company's internal platform where employees keep track of requested features or unpat...
Tags: Google, Tech, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Alex Birsan, Birsan


Equifax Was Warned

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: Months before its catastrophic data breach, a security researcher warned Equifax that it was vulnerable to the kind of attack that later compromised the personal data of more than 145 million Americans, Motherboard has learned. Six months after the researcher first notified the company about the vulnerability, Equifax patched it -- but only after the massive breach that made headlines had already taken place, according to Equifax's own ti...
Tags: Tech, Equifax, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Equifax Was Warned


T-Mobile Website Allowed Hackers to Access Your Account Data With Just Your Phone Number

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: Until last week, a bug on a T-Mobile website let hackers access personal data such as email address, a customer's T-Mobile account number, and the phone's IMSI, a standardized unique number that identifies subscribers. On Friday, a day after Motherboard asked T-Mobile about the issue, the company fixed the bug. The flaw, which was discovered by security researcher Karan Saini, allowed malicious hackers who knew -- or guessed -- your phone...
Tags: Tech, IMSI, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Saini, Motherboard asked T Mobile, Karan Saini


The researcher who stopped WannaCry has pleaded not guilty to charges he created the Kronos malware

Marcus Hutchins, the British researcher famous for halting the spread of the devastating WannaCry malware, has pleaded "not guilty" to accusations he created another notorious piece of malware: Kronos, Motherboard reported on Monday. Hutchins, who normally lives in the UK, has been detained in the US since early August after the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas. He was accused by the US government of creating and distributing Kronos, sending shockwaves through the online security industry...
Tags: UK, US, Trends, Las Vegas, Kronos, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Hutchins, Wannacry, Marcus Hutchins, Brian Klein, Kronos Motherboard, Milwaukee Hutchins, Lorenzo Franceschi


Researcher Who Stopped WannaCry Pleads Not Guilty to Creating Banking Malware

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: Monday, the well-known security researcher who became famous after helping to stop the destructive WannaCry ransomware outbreak pleaded "not guilty" to creating software that would later become banking malware. Marcus Hutchins -- better known by his online nickname MalwareTech -- was arrested in early August in Las Vegas after the hacking conference Def Con. The US government accuses Hutchins of writing software in 2014 that would later b...
Tags: Milwaukee, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Las Vegas, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Hutchins, Marcus Hutchins, Kronos Hutchins, Brian Klein, Marcia Hoffman, Electronic Frontier Foundation Under


1Password moves away from one-time licensing with a local storage option to a cloud-based $2.99/month subscription (Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai/Motherboard) (techmeme)

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard: 1Password moves away from one-time licensing with a local storage option to a cloud-based $2.99/month subscription  —  1Password is moving away from its one-time license, local storage option, and security researchers are not happy about it.  —  If you're worried about getting hacked …
Tags: News, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai Motherboard


Turkey wants Twitter to ban this journalist for 'instigating terrorism' — but Twitter reportedly said no (TWTR)

Turkey is in the midst of an authoritarian crackdown following a failed coup in July — and journalists are finding themselves in the firing line. Mahir Zeynalov, a Turkish journalist who lives in Washington D.C., is among those targeted. On Monday, he tweeted that the Turkish government is putting pressure on Twitter to close down his account for allegedly "instigating terrorism." It's a move that has been interpreted as a direct assault on the freedom of the press, provoking outrage from free s...
Tags: Twitter, Washington, Israel, Trends, Turkey, Cnn, Motherboard, Freedom Of The Press Foundation, O J Simpson, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Mahir Zeynalov


Hackers Make the First-Ever Ransomware For Smart Thermostats

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for Motherboard: One day, your thermostat will get hacked by some cybercriminal hundreds of miles away who will lock it with malware and demand a ransom to get it back to normal, leaving you literally in the cold until you pay up a few hundred dollars. This has been a scenario that security experts have touted as one of the theoretical dangers of the rise of the Internet of Things, internet-connected devices that are often insecure. On Saturday, what sounds...
Tags: UK, Tech, Tierney, Munro, Pen Test Partners, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai


Hackers Stole 65 Million Passwords From Tumblr

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: On May 12, Tumblr revealed that it had found out about a 2013 data breach affecting 'a set of users' email addresses and passwords, but the company refused to reveal how many users were affected. As it turns out, that number is 68 million, according to an independent analysis of the data. Troy Hunt, a security researcher who maintains the data breach awareness portal Have I Been Pwned, recently obtained a copy of the stolen data set. Hunt...
Tags: Tumblr, Hunt, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai


Hackers Claim to Have 427 Million Myspace Passwords

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: There's an oft-repeated adage in the world of cybersecurity: There are two types of companies, those that have been hacked, and those that don't yet know they have been hacked. MySpace, the social media behemoth that was, is apparently in the second category. The same hacker who was selling the data of more than 164 million LinkedIn users last week now claims to have 360 million emails and passwords of MySpace users, which would be one of...
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LinkedIn Users Might Want To Change All Of Their Passwords ASAP

A 2012 LinkedIn hack was much bigger than previously expected, with well over 100 million people potentially at risk, the professional networking site announced earlier this week. If you've been a member of the site for that long, it's possible that your personal details and password were leaked online by hackers. Assuming your email address has remained constant all this time, you probably got a message like this earlier in the week: Discomfiting? You bet. While the passwords were encrypted --...
Tags: News, Huffington Post, Damon Beres, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai


US Wants Its Own Secure and Self-Destructing Messaging App -- And It's Willing to Pay

Long time reader schwit1 writes: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency within the Department of Defense historically known for creating the Internet itself, has published a call for companies to submit proposals to build a robust messaging platform that the military could use for secure communication of everything from intelligence to procurement contracts. "Troops on the ground in denied communications environments would have a way to securely communicate back to HQ a...
Tags: UK, US, Department Of Defense, Darpa, Telegraph, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Darpa, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Small Business Technology Transfer STTR


FBI Says a Mysterious Hacking Group Has Had Access to US Govt Files for Years (slashdot)

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: The feds warned that "a group of malicious cyber actors," whom security experts believe to be the government-sponsored hacking group known as APT6, "have compromised and stolen sensitive information from various government and commercial networks" since at least 2011, according to an FBI alert obtained by Motherboard. The alert, which is also available online, shows that foreign government hackers are still successfully hacking and steali...
Tags: US, Fbi, United States, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Manishs, FBI Says a Mysterious Hacking Group


FBI Says a Mysterious Hacking Group Has Had Access to US Govt Files for Years

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: The feds warned that "a group of malicious cyber actors," whom security experts believe to be the government-sponsored hacking group known as APT6, "have compromised and stolen sensitive information from various government and commercial networks" since at least 2011, according to an FBI alert obtained by Motherboard. The alert, which is also available online, shows that foreign government hackers are still successfully hacking and steali...
Tags: US, Fbi, United States, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, FBI Says a Mysterious Hacking Group


VTECH Crisis PR FAIL keeps rolling after major hack attack

The last couple of months have been rather choppy for children’s tech brand VTECH. Two months ago its online app store was hacked and personal data of more than 4.8 million adult customers and 6.3 m children was allegedly stolen causing a major customer outcry. The APP store has been down ever since, until this week, when it sprung back up. The company has apparently upgraded its security in the two months it has been down, but unfortunately in a major PR Fail it also updated its Terms and Condi...
Tags: Google, UK, News, Crisis Management, Bbc, Hacking, Vtech, Rory, Rory Cellan Jones, Consumer Technology, PR Fails, Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai