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State of Surveillance

They Got 'Everything': Inside a Demo of NSO Group's Powerful iPhone Malware

A source managed to see Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group’s powerful iPhone malware up close. Despite a wave of highly controversial customers, the company appears to be popular worldwide.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Joseph Cox
9.20.18
HACKS FOR SALE

Zero-Day Shop Opens the Floodgates for People to Sell Exploits to Governments

Dubai-based Crowdfense, which buys zero day exploits for iOS and a variety of other platforms, is trying to streamline the process of sourcing vulnerabilities.
Joseph Cox
8.9.18
The Shadow Brokers

Cryptocurrency Transactions May Uncover Sales of Shadow Broker Hacking Tools

Even though the Shadow Brokers told customers to use privacy-focused cryptocurrency Zcash, researchers may have found clues pointing to who tried to buy more of the group's wares.
Joseph Cox
6.28.18
PATCH IT UP

This Russian Company Sells Zero-Day Exploits for Hospital Software

Moscow-based Gleg provides zero-day exploits for medical software, and those in the medical industry are concerned about disclosure. But the exploits themselves may not be all that important in real world attacks.
Joseph Cox
4.30.18
Hacking

Startup Offers $3 Million to Anyone Who Can Hack the iPhone

A new startup in Dubai is offering six and seven figure payouts for zero-day exploits for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.25.18
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Israeli Government Asked European Security Companies for Zero-Days in Unsolicited Emails

Israel cast a wide net in Europe too, looking to purchase zero-days for its law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Joseph Cox
3.5.18
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Here’s the Letter Israel Sent to Solicit Zero-Days From American Hackers

In a peek into the way governments may source hacking tools, Motherboard obtained a 2015 letter the Israeli Ministry of Defense sent to US-based exploit developers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Joseph Cox
3.2.18
zero days

How a Tiny Startup Became the Most Important Hacking Shop You’ve Never Heard Of

Inside the secretive industry that helps government hackers get around encryption.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.7.18
Internet Insecurity

Startup That Sells Zero-Days to Governments Is Offering $1 Million For Tor Hacks

A startup that sells exploits to governments says it wants hacks for the browser used by activists, protesters, journalists, and criminals.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.13.17
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
iPhone

iPhone Bugs Are Too Valuable to Report to Apple

For now, security researchers who have been invited by Apple to submit high-value bugs through the program prefer to keep the bugs for themselves.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.6.17
Internet Insecurity

The New Shadow Brokers Leak Connects the NSA to the Stuxnet Cyber Weapon Used on Iran

Researchers have found a hidden gem inside the treasure trove of the new alleged NSA hacking tools dumped by the Shadow Brokers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.17.17
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