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

Venezuela’s Government Appears To Be Trying to Hack Activists With Phishing Pages

Security researchers and activists exposed a brazen attempt to steal Venezuelan usernames and passwords for popular email and social media websites such as Gmail, Facebook, Microsoft Live, and Twitter.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5 hours ago
Hacking

Hacker Who Stole $5 Million By SIM Swapping Gets 10 Years in Prison

A 20-year-old college student who was accused of stealing more than $5 million in cryptocurrency in a slew of SIM hijacking attacks is the first person to be sentenced for the crime.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.1.19
Hacking

Head of Android Security Says Locking Out Law Enforcement Is an ‘Unintended Side Effect’

Google is taking steps to make it harder for someone to push a malicious update that disables the security features on an Android phone.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.30.19
Hacking

Anyone Can Spy on You With FaceTime, Here's How to Turn It Off [Updated]

A new bug allows anyone to listen in on your iPhone and, for now, there's no fix.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.29.19
Hacking

Hackers Baselessly Blame Women and ‘SJWs’ for the End of DerbyCon Security Conference

The founder says the charge is ‘baseless,’ but that hasn’t stopped employees at some of the most important infosec companies from posting misogynistic comments in a closed Facebook group.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.23.19
Hacking

Google Made a Quiz to See if You Can Identify Phishing Emails

Alphabet’s Jigsaw has a new quiz to test your ability to distinguish phishing emails from regular, benevolent ones.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.22.19
Hacking

The ‘Biggest EVER’ Collection of Hacked Passwords Is Not That Bad

Someone put together a massive list of 773 million unique email addresses and 21 million unique passwords. But there’s really no reason to panic.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.17.19
Hacking

Bugs on Epic Games Site Allowed Hackers to Login to Any ‘Fortnite’ Player’s Account

A security firm found that hackers could have logged into the accounts of any Fortnite player, potentially stealing their credit card information, or listening in on their conversations.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.16.19
OpSec

How a Simple Copy/Paste Revealed Explosive New Detail in Manafort’s Case

Redacted court documents keep getting unredacted because of simple, relatively easy to avoid errors. Here’s how to better redact PDFs.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.9.19
SIM Hijacking

SIM Swapping Victims Who Lost Millions Are Pressuring Telcos to Protect Their Customers

A small group of victims of SIM swapping hacks is trying to raise awareness, teach people about the scam, and put pressure on cell phone providers to step up their efforts against cybercriminals.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.8.19
Hacking

You Can Now Get $1 Million for Hacking WhatsApp and iMessage

Companies that buy and sell exploits, or zero-days, are now willing to offer seven figures for hacks that allow spies and cops to steal WhatsApp, iMessage and other chat app messages.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.7.19
Hacks And Leaks

Before Germany’s Massive Hack, We Learned What Not to Do With Sensitive Stolen Information

A new massive hack and leak in Germany renews the debate over how to cover and share sensitive stolen data.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.4.19
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