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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Mike Pompeo, Trump's pick for CIA director, is a strong supporter of mass surveillance but opposes mandating backdoors in encryption   —  Donald Trump announced on Friday that he's chosen Congressman Mike Pompeo to run the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the premiere spy agency of the United States. .
Nov 19, 2016, 10:55 PMIn context
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
How hackers used malicious short URLs hidden in fake Google emails to break into John Podesta's and Colin Powell's Gmail accounts   —  On March 19 of this year, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta received an alarming email that appeared to come from Google.
Oct 22, 2016, 9:45 PMIn context
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Source: email scanner installed after government order was not a modified spam filter; Yahoo's security team thought it was a rootkit when they discovered it   —  The spy tool that the US government ordered Yahoo to install on its systems last year at the behest of the NSA or the FBI was a …
Oct 7, 2016, 1:45 PMIn context
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Twitter refuses Turkish court order to block the account of noted DC journalist Mahir Zeynalov; despite refusal, Zeynalov predicts his account will be censored   —  A Turkish court ordered Twitter to block the account of a noted journalist last week, accusing him of “instigating terrorism.”
Sep 27, 2016, 2:25 AMIn context
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Apple issues patch for desktop Safari browser and OS X to fix zero-day vulnerabilities, which are similar to those used in NSO's iOS attack discovered last week   —  Apple has issued an urgent security update to fix critical vulnerabilities in the laptop and desktop version of the Safari browser …
Sep 1, 2016, 7:55 PMIn context
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Phineas Fisher, the hacker behind the Hacking Team and FinFisher breaches, talks about his motives and views of the hacking tool industry   —  A little bit over a year ago, the normally quiet Twitter account of Hacking Team, an Italian company that sells spying tools to governments all over the world, started acting weird.
Jul 24, 2016, 8:00 AMIn context
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Facebook Messenger's end-to-end encryption not on by default because of inability to store keys in browsers and the firm's reluctance to make big UX changes   —  Privacy nerds got some good and some bad news on Friday, when Facebook became the latest major company to embrace encryption …
Jul 8, 2016, 6:55 PMIn context
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Hacker behind LinkedIn's 117M e-mail database claims to have 360M Myspace user emails with passwords   —  There's an oft-repeated adage in the world of cybersecurity: There are two types of companies, those that have been hacked, and those that don't yet know they have been hacked.
May 27, 2016, 1:50 PMIn context
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
DARPA seeks encrypted comms app with blockchain infrastructure, message repudiation, self-deleting messages, more in Small Business Technology Transfer request   —  DARPA Is Looking For The Perfect Encryption App, and It's Willing to Pay  —  While the FBI keeps crying wolf about the dangerous dark future …
Apr 24, 2016, 9:35 PMIn context
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
A look at the Latin American countries that bought Hacking Team exploit packages and then used them to spy on political opposition   —  Hacking Team's ‘Illegal’ Latin American Empire  —  Leer en Español.  —  In early April, 2014, a spy from the Ecuador's intelligence agency sent …
Apr 18, 2016, 10:55 PMIn context

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