journalist covering hackers/crime/privacy for @motherboard. Signal: +44 20 8133 5190. Wickr: josephcox. XMPP: jfcox@jabber.ccc.de. Email: joseph.cox@vice.com

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A coalition including Amazon, Google, Facebook, Instacart, and DoorDash is already using the defeat of the Bessemer union drive to make their case for a future without unions. vice.com/en/article/bvzg7d/w…
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New: found what appears to be another database of Facebook users' phone numbers online. According to our/security researcher analysis, it is not the same data as the 500m one. "This is insane," one user said when we phoned (they weren't in the 500m one) vice.com/en/article/qj8dj5/f…
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The data is being distributed by a different Telegram bot. It provides customers with the phone numbers of people who liked a specific Facebook Page. Some cost money, but if under 100 likes, the data is free. This is how we started to verify vice.com/en/article/qj8dj5/f…
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After getting data from the bot (names of Facebook users, their phone number, gender), we then found those peoples' Facebook profiles. Then we verified the phone numbers were accurate. I added people on WhatsApp to see their profile picture, for example vice.com/en/article/qj8dj5/f…
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We also texted and called people to ask if this was their phone number. Multiple people confirmed the phone number we got from an underground bot was theirs vice.com/en/article/qj8dj5/f…
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These phone numbers don't appear in the 500m cache, according to searches on HIBP and direct searches of the data by Alon Gal. Gal also found only one of the numbers in another previous Facebook breach vice.com/en/article/qj8dj5/f…
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Joseph Cox retweeted
JUST IN: The union is filing objections against Amazon's conduct during the election, and will request that the results of the election be set aside because Amazon created "an atmosphere of confusion, coercion and/or fear of reprisals."
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Joseph Cox retweeted
“Our system is broken, Amazon took full advantage of that, and we will be calling on the labor board to hold Amazon accountable for its illegal and egregious behavior during the campaign" bit.ly/2PIsRwS
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New: asked Google, Twitter, AT&T, Verizon, and other ad tech giants which foreign-owned firms they provide 'bidstream' data from U.S. users to. Bidstream can include GPS coords, browsing history, device IDs. None of them would answer; only Twitter replied vice.com/en/article/k78ewv/b…
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This comes after lawmakers called the transfer of bidstream data a "goldmine for foreign intelligence services" earlier this month. vice.com/en/article/k78ewv/b…
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The answer to the basic question "matters." "Data about (almost) everyone online, where they are and where they have been, what they are reading, watching, and listening to, is being broadcast to thousands of companies without any control at all." vice.com/en/article/k78ewv/b…
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This is the purpose of the questioning. When given explicit chance to answer whether Twitter didn't answer because it didn't want to, or because it didn't know, Twitter declined to specify.
Replying to @swodinsky
someone w a better grasp on adtech infrastructure can feel free to chime in here, but i'm p sure it's fundamentally impossible to get a complete picture of who's getting bidstream data at any given time?
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Unsealed search warrant application for the Twitter accounts of Richard Preston Jr, who fired a guy and shouted the N-word at a black counter protestor back during the Unite the Right rally
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Joseph Cox retweeted
BREAKING: The NLRB has finally begun counting ballots cast by Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, in one of the most widely-watched union elections in recent U.S. history. bit.ly/3t5520t
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Christopher Hughes, part of the encrypted phone company MPC (made by, and for, organized crime) denies being involved in the murder of crime blogger Martin Kok. We previously reported Hughes lured Kok to assassination outside Amsterdam sex club glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/1921…
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Intel is launching an AI-powered tool that will detect hate and redact hate speech in real-time audio. It lets users (gamers, in this case) toggle the "racism" setting to "some," if you want to keep a little bit of racism for some reason vice.com/en/article/dyvgvk/i…
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