crypto wars

Apple vs FBI

FBI Barely Tried to Hack San Bernardino iPhone Before Going to Court With Apple

A new report by the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General found that the FBI could have done more before going to court and arguing it needed Apple's help to unlock an alleged terrorist's phone.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.27.18
zero days

Israeli Government Asked European Security Companies for Zero-Days in Unsolicited Emails

Israel cast a wide net in Europe too, looking to purchase zero-days for its law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Joseph Cox
3.5.18
zero days

Here’s the Letter Israel Sent to Solicit Zero-Days From American Hackers

In a peek into the way governments may source hacking tools, Motherboard obtained a 2015 letter the Israeli Ministry of Defense sent to US-based exploit developers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Joseph Cox
3.2.18
zero days

How a Tiny Startup Became the Most Important Hacking Shop You’ve Never Heard Of

Inside the secretive industry that helps government hackers get around encryption.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.7.18
crypto wars

The UK Has a Dirty Secret for Spying on Encrypted Messages: Hacking

Members of the media and some politicians are near-constantly talking about accessing terrorist communications, but are ignoring one of the most viable solutions.
Joseph Cox
6.27.17
crypto wars

The FBI Director Thinks a Law Against Encryption Is Possible Under Trump

The director of the FBI James Comey once again leaves the door open for a law that forces tech companies to put backdoors into their products.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.3.17
News

Trump’s CIA Director Pick Thinks Using Encryption ‘May Itself Be A Red Flag’

He also has almost no experience in the world of intelligence.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.18.16
Donald Trump

Signal Downloads Spiked After Election Results

It’s privacy’s nightmare scenario, and rattled Americans are taking refuge in the popular encrypted messaging app.
Janus Kopfstein
11.12.16
News

Feds Can Unlock Most Devices They Need To Get Into, FBI Admits

Encryption and passwords don’t seem to be a huge problem for the FBI after all.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.11.16
Apple

We’re Winning The Crypto Wars

While the FBI and some governments are still fighting the Crypto Wars in courts and with laws, the spread of encryption appears unstoppable.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.8.16
police

Thanks To Encryption, Governments Need Companies Like Yahoo To Spy on Users

Now that more and more data is encrypted, it will be harder and harder for governments to spy—unless internet companies help them.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.7.16
Hacking

How the Government Is Waging Crypto War 2.0

According to a senior attorney at the EFF, those who don’t know their history are already repeating it.
Daniel Oberhaus
8.10.16