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

Joined March 2011
New: Vince Ramos wanted Phantom Secure to be the Uber of privacy-focused phones—flood the market and figure out laws later. Then the FBI investigated him. Based on Phantom sources, internal docs, FBI files, years of reporting, this is "The Network" vice.com/en/article/v7m4pj/t…
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As everyone knows, hackers don't find workarounds for systems put in place.
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Replying to @lorenzofb
UPDATE 2: @thedarktangent on vaccines: "We will do whatever people do in August to verify. I have a feeling much will change between now and then, but it is important to set the expectation we will be checking."
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Part of FBI search warrant for Twitter account allegedly belonging to Quamel Webb, student at Southern Arkansas University
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grep.app: search across Git repos
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Russian cybersecurity firm Positive Technologies says in a statement it denies "the groundless accusations made by the U.S. Department of the Treasury." Yesterday Treasury sanctioned Positive; said the company worked with FSB ptsecurity.com/ww-en/about/n…
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Positive Technologies statement also says all zero-day vulnerabilities discovered are disclosed to the impacted vendor ptsecurity.com/ww-en/about/n…
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New: after we tested a website that lets you check if anyone using WhatsApp is online or not, WhatsApp has banned the service and sent a cease and desist. The site was essentially scraping WhatsApp data vice.com/en/article/93y9pd/y…
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There is no way to hide whether you are "online" or not in WhatsApp. Some services then let you enter multiple numbers at once to see if they're online, and infer if they're communicating; helpful for stalkers vice.com/en/article/93y9pd/y…
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Some of the products offered by Neobit, one of the Russian firms mentioned in the Treasury Department sanctions announcement; along with FSB and MoD logo on their site
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Some people who work for exploit companies find satisfaction in developing capabilities that they know tangibly protect people. In similar way to how some devs look at impact of keeping a product secure, others look at arrests or violent attacks stopped by their work.
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FBI charges Samuel Christopher Montoya (from website Infowars) for entering the Capitol. The charging document includes this bit where Sam turns the camera on himself and says "It feels good to be in the Capitol baby!"
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Montoya did not have press credentials to be in the building
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Potentially the login portal customers use to access Venntel data. Venntel sells location data to ICE, CBP, etc
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New: anti-vaxxers are quietly getting their wishes into proposed legislation on a state level vice.com/en/article/epngqa/a…
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