police

State of Surveillance
State of Surveillance

Supreme Court Says Cops Need to Get a Warrant to Get Your Phone Location Data

In a much-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court changed the course of history, siding with privacy activists and giving Americans stronger privacy protections in the digital age.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.22.18
Phone Crackers
Phone Crackers

Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show

A Motherboard investigation has found that law enforcement agencies across the country have purchased GrayKey, a relatively cheap tool for bypassing the encryption on iPhones, while the FBI pushes again for encryption backdoors.
Joseph Cox
4.12.18
Cut Off
Cut Off

UK Cops Tried ‘DDoS-Style’ Tactics on Drug Dealers’ Phones

The technique likely wasn’t a literal DDoS, and instead telcos cutting off certain phones. But the end result was the same—drug dealers can’t communicate.
Joseph Cox
3.6.18
crime
crime

Three Armed Men Attempted to Rob a Bitcoin Exchange In Canada

One suspect was arrested, two remain on the lam.
Jordan Pearson
1.24.18
FlexiSpy
FlexiSpy

Florida Cop Bought Powerful Phone Malware That Can Intercept Emails and WhatsApp

In the first known case of a U.S. regional agency purchasing malware, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement officer bought FlexiSpy.
Joseph Cox
1.24.18
dark web
dark web

FBI Shows Arrest Video Of Dark Web Kingpin Who Died By Suicide in Police Custody

At a cybersecurity conference, the FBI aired a video showing the arrest of AlphaBay’s Alexandre Cazes.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.10.18
State of Surveillance
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
Stingray
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
terminator
terminator

Police Love Naming Their Spying Tools After 'Skynet'

Why would anyone name their project this?
Samantha Cole
8.9.17
Hacking
Hacking

Researcher Who Stopped WannaCry Ransomware Detained in US After Def Con

Marcus Hutchins, AKA MalwareTech, previously registered a specific domain included in the ransomware’s code, which stopped the malware from spreading.
Joseph Cox
8.3.17
cool/ew
cool/ew

A Jar of Sweat Helped Police Find a Missing Woman in Five Minutes

Is a jar of sweat that much better than an article of clothing?
Kaleigh Rogers
7.29.17
hansa
hansa

Europol Head Tells Us About its Dark Web Market Sting

“This is a massive hit—two of the top three."
Joseph Cox
7.20.17