cell phones

emergency alerts

Why FEMA Is Sending a ‘Presidential Alert’ to Your Phone Today

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System will issue a test of the Presidential Alert, used for major, nationwide emergencies.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.3.18
Port Out Scam

Admin of Forum Where Users Trade Stolen Instagrams: Hacking Is ‘Not Our Problem’

Members of a forum where people trade stolen Instagram and other social media accounts react to Motherboard’s investigation.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.19.18
Port Out Scam

The SIM Hijackers

Meet the hackers who flip seized Instagram handles and cryptocurrency in a shady, buzzing underground market for stolen accounts and usernames. Their victims' weakness? Phone numbers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.17.18
rural broadband

FCC Chairman Admits Cell Phone Data Is Not the Same as Broadband Internet

Chairman Ajit Pai released a statement and fact sheet Thursday ahead of his 2018 Broadband Deployment Report.
Kaleigh Rogers
1.18.18
HOTY2017

This Software Developer Is Making a Surveillance-Free Cell Phone Network

Denver Gingerich is the brains behind Sopranica, a DIY, surveillance free cell phone network he hopes will one day rival big telecom companies.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.14.17
Stingray

IMSI Catcher Detection Apps Might Not Be All That Good, Research Suggests

Plenty of people use free Android apps to try and spot IMSI catchers, but research shows the apps can be circumvented.
Joseph Cox
8.14.17
Why Is This Still a Thing?

Remember When You Called Someone and Heard a Song?

Ringback tones are still a thing.
Elizabeth King
6.21.17
location location location

The Supreme Court Phone Location Case Will Decide the Future of Privacy

Later this year, the Supreme Court will decide if police can track a person’s cell phone location without a warrant. It's the most important privacy case in a generation.
Stephen Vladeck
6.16.17
attribution is hard

Why It’s So Hard to Say Who Is Using an IMSI Catcher

Israel, China, Russia? Who was using a surveillance device on Parliament Hill in Ottawa?
Jordan Pearson
4.6.17
call to arms

Watch an Old Nokia Phone Heroically Take a Flaming Axe to the Face

Putting it through the ringer.
Samantha Cole
2.10.17
Phone Crackers

Turns Out Banks Use Cellebrite Phone Cracking Tech Too

It's not just the cops.
Joseph Cox
1.18.17
security

Here's How Much a StingRay Cell Phone Surveillance Tool Costs

It's a rare look into the pricing and packaging of the cellphone surveillance tech.
Curtis Waltman
12.8.16