I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone

T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country.
Joseph Cox
The Weakest Link

With $20 of Gear from Amazon, Nearly Anyone Can Make This IMSI-Catcher in 30 Minutes

Surveillance takes on different character when it trickles down to more ordinary, everyday users. The significance and threat from IMSI-catchers is multiplied when a lot more people can deploy one using cheap tech from Amazon and free code from Github.
Joseph Cox
State of Surveillance

Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

A series of research projects, patent filings, and policy changes indicate that the Pentagon wants to use social media surveillance to quell domestic insurrection and rebellion.
Nafeez Ahmed

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

The DEA Met With Controversial iPhone Hackers NSO Group

NSO Group's products have been linked to hacking attempts on journalists, activists, and dissidents.
Joseph Cox

The CIA Allegedly Named a Hacking Tool After Aeris from 'Final Fantasy 7'

Turns out CIA hackers are a bunch of nerds.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Mexico Hacking and Spying on Its Citizens Is a 'Human Rights Crisis'

The illegal use of hacking tools by the Mexican government against activists and reporters has become a systematic policy of intimidation and harassment.
Gisela Pérez de Acha
State of Surveillance

Human Rights Activists Are Asking 8 Countries How Much They Spy on Each Other's Citizens

Are international surveillance agreements just a way to avoid local anti-spying laws?
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
State of Surveillance

The NSA Says It Has to Spy on You to Find Out If It's Spying On You

"To determine if communicants are US persons, NSA would be required to conduct significant further research."
Jason Koebler
Sharing is Caring

More UK Police Put Cash Down for IMSI Catchers

Financial documents show Essex Police budgeted for purchasing IMSI catchers, and suggest it shares the technology with Kent Police.
Joseph Cox
They're Watching You

The First Spy Satellites Had to Drop Gigantic Buckets of Film Back to Earth

The CIA and the Air Force went to great lengths to capture surveillance footage in the analog era of the 1950s and 60s.
Daniel Oberhaus
Website 19

Australian Dark Web Hacking Campaign Unmasked Hundreds Globally

The investigation into The Love Zone child pornography site was much larger in scope than previously thought.
Joseph Cox