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'I Could Ruin Your Business Right Now': Listen to a SIM-Jacking, Account-Stealing Ransom

Jared Goetz's credit card was fraudulently charged, his phone cut-off, and his email account hacked. But in an extraordinary phone call, Goetz managed to talk the hacker down, and get his digital life back.
Joseph Cox
10.11.18
Hacking

Cops Arrest Infamous SIM Swapper Who Allegedly Stole $14 Million in Cryptocurrency

A California task force caught another big name in the criminal underground world of SIM hijackers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.11.18
Port Out Scam

Alleged 19-Year-Old SIM Swapper Used Stolen Bitcoin to Buy Luxury Cars

Police in California continue their investigation in port out scams by arresting a second suspect.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.22.18
Port Out Scam

Bitcoin Investor Sues AT&T After Losing $23 Million In SIM Swap Hack

An investor is asking AT&T to pay $220 million in damages in the first-ever lawsuit that attempts to hold carriers accountable for port out scams.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.15.18
Port Out Scam

How Criminals Recruit Telecom Employees to Help Them Hijack SIM Cards

Sources who work for some of America’s major cellphone carriers tell us how criminals are trying to recruit them to help find new targets.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.3.18
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‘TELL YOUR DAD TO GIVE US BITCOIN:’ How a Hacker Allegedly Stole Millions by Hijacking Phone Numbers

California authorities say a 20-year-old college student hijacked more than 40 phone numbers and stole $5 million, including some from cryptocurrency investors at a blockchain conference Consensus.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.30.18
Internet Insecurity

Hacker Takes Over Pro Wrestler's Twitter Account, Protests Motherboard Investigation of Social Media Account Hacking

A member of OGUSERS hacked the pro wrestler Adam Cole with the goal of selling his Twitter account.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.24.18
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
Port Out Scam

How to Protect Yourself From SIM Swapping Hacks

Here’s a guide on how to prevent and protect yourself against the threat of hackers taking over your phone number and going after your online accounts.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.17.18
SIM Hijacking

‘I Lived a Nightmare:’ SIM Hijacking Victims Share Their Stories

Nine victims of SIM hijacking—an increasingly popular scam—share their stories.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.12.18
Internet Insecurity

T-Mobile Is Sending a Mass Text Warning of ‘Industry-Wide’ Phone Hijacking Scam

Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting people’s phone numbers, hijacking and then using them to access people’s bank or social media accounts.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.5.18