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.

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Hacking

‘WannaCry Hero’ Marcus Hutchins Pleads Guilty to Making Banking Malware

The researcher who helped stop the WannaCry ransomware pleaded guilty to two counts of hacking for writing banking malware in 2014.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
13 hours ago
mueller report

There’s A Lot We Still Don’t Know About WikiLeaks’ Role In The 2016 Election

The Mueller report leaves some unanswered questions on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks’s role in the hack and leak against the DNC and John Podesta.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2 days ago
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
2 days ago
Hacking

Thieves Somehow Stole 100 Car2Go Cars in Chicago

The company says it was not a “hack,” but Chicago police say that some of the carsharing cars may still be unaccounted for.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3 days ago
Hacking

US Government Admits It Doesn’t Know If Assange Cracked Password For Manning

An FBI agent admitted in a newly unsealed court document that the Department of Justice does not know whether Assange’s offer to help Manning came to fruition.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5 days ago
Hacking

Researchers Find New Victim of Critical Infrastructure Hackers Behind 'Triton' Malware

A security firm has discovered a new victim of the infamous hacking group that targeted critical infrastructure with destructive malware.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.10.19
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

NSO Group Says It Didn’t Hack Jeff Bezos On Behalf of Saudi Arabia

The controversial Israeli spyware vendor denied any role in the bizarre saga of Jeff Bezos against The National Enquirer.
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
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