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State of Surveillance
State of Surveillance

Turkey's Government Tried to Hack Hundreds of Protesters Over Twitter, Researchers Say

A new report details a widespread campaign targeting several Turkish activists and protesters, using the infamous government malware made by FinFisher.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.14.18
Internet Insecurity
Internet Insecurity

Lebanese Government Hackers Hit Thousands of Victims With Incredibly Simple Campaign

Security researchers uncover several years-long espionage and hacking campaigns, pinpointing them to a specific building in Beirut, Lebanon.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.18.18
Internet Insecurity
Internet Insecurity

Researchers Catch Microsoft Zero-Day Used To Install Government Spyware

A cybersecurity firm has discovered yet another unknown vulnerability used to install government spyware. The vulnerability has now been patched.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.12.17
Internet Insecurity
Internet Insecurity

Why Did Microsoft Wait Six Months To Patch a Critical Word Zero-Day?

The strange life and afterlife of a Microsoft Word Zero-Day that ended up in the hands of criminal and government hackers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.15.17
Internet Insecurity
Internet Insecurity

Government Hackers Used Microsoft Word Zero-Day to Install Spyware on Russian Targets

The hackers exploited the unknown vulnerability to install spyware made by the infamous surveillance company FinFisher.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.12.17
State of Surveillance
State of Surveillance

Court Says Hacking Victim Can’t Sue a Foreign Government For Hacking Him on US Soil

Digital rights activists sued Ethiopia in what they hoped could become a landmark case against government spyware.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.14.17
video
video

Hacker ‘Phineas Fisher’ Speaks on Camera for the First Time—Through a Puppet

A few weeks after his hack on the spy tech company, PhineasFisher sat down to tell us why he did it.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.20.16
video
video

Meet The Cyber Mercenaries Selling Spyware To Governments

These are the world’s most notorious cyber mercenaries, and the lone hacker fighting—and hacking—them.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.19.16
politics
politics

A Notorious Hacker Is Trying to Start a ‘Hack Back’ Political Movement

Is this the dawn of a new era of politically-motivated hacks?
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.23.16
News
News

Researchers Find ‘Impossible to Trace’ Spyware in 32 Countries

Despite last year’s hack, FinFisher is alive and well.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.15.15
News
News

Hacker Claims Responsibility for the Hit on Hacking Team

The hacker responsible from breaching another surveillance tech company claims responsibility.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.6.15
Culture
Culture

Bahraini Activists Claim They Were Targeted by FinFisher Surveillance in the UK

Moosa Abd-Ali Ali is named in a complaint that alleges FinFisher tech was used to spy on campaigners in the UK. He spoke to us about his experience.
Joseph Cox
10.13.14