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The Weakest Link

It’s Amateur Hour in the World of Spyware and Victims Will Pay the Price

We’re living in the golden age of spyware and government hacking, with companies rushing to join a blossoming billion dollar market. The weakest among us—activists or journalists—will suffer the consequences if we don’t regulate it appropriately.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
a day ago
VAMPIRES

Archeologists Discover ‘Vampire’ Child Who Died 1,500 Years Ago

The body of a 10-year-old child who died in the 5th century had a rock inserted into its mouth to prevent undead attacks.
Becky Ferreira
10.16.18
World Of Spyware

Hacking Team Is Still Alive Thanks to a Mysterious Investor From Saudi Arabia

An investor from Saudi Arabia is apparently behind a company that bought a stake in the controversial spyware vendor.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.31.18
State of Surveillance

Italian Prosecutor Makes Request to Close Hacking Team Investigation

After more than two years, the Italian prosecutors have nothing to show for their investigation into the spectacular hack of Italian surveillance tech vendor Hacking Team.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
12.12.17
DRONES

Meet the Drone Squad That Wants to Catch Rockslides Before They Happen

The volunteer rescue group is trying to save Italy from another devastating natural disaster.
Federico Formica
7.2.17
State of Surveillance

Mauritania Releases Bodyguard Who Got Arrested After Spyware Deal Went Wrong

After 20 months of detention inside a Mauritanian military camp, Cristian Provvisionato is going back home.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.12.17
shaky ground

Inside Italy’s Thriving Market for Earthquake Pseudoscience

Legitimate fears of deadly earthquakes are fueling a cottage industry of bogus detectors and predictors.
Federico Formica
4.16.17
State of Surveillance

Government Spyware Maker Accidentally Doxes Itself in Amazing Self-Own

Turns out that the spyware gold rush is so hot even amateurs are trying to join it.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.15.17
Features

The Forgotten Prisoner of a Spyware Deal Gone Wrong

How bodyguard Cristian Provvisionato became collateral damage in the global digital weapons gold rush.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Federico Formica
1.19.17
News

Italian Cops Raid Surveillance Tech Company Accused of Selling Spy Gear to Syria

Yet another surveillance company is accused of providing spy tech to a sketchy regime.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
12.1.16
short circuit

How a Wearable Device May Help the Blind Navigate the World Like a Video Game

Designed for the visually impaired, Horus uses two cameras mounted to a headset to describe the world for the wearer.
Nadja Sayej
11.4.16
italy

Watch How Government Spyware Infects a Computer in This Leaked Demo Video

Leaked video gives a glimpse into the world of government spyware.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.6.16