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

Joined March 2011
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Joseph Cox (offline)
9 months ago
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"
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Joseph Cox (offline)
2 days ago
After death of man from being swatted for his @-Tennessee Twitter handle, spoke to member of communities that do these sorts of things. - Go to peoples' houses and brick windows - Pay bitcoin to local people to harass target until they give up username
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Joseph Cox (offline)
2 days ago
Someone was approaching Christian organizations in 2018 offering location data that would uncover behavior of priests. Claimed to have the church's interest at heart. This is much more insidious than one case
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Jason Koebler
2 days ago
Grindr's statement that is essentially like "homophobia exists" is disqualifying. Yes homophobia exists—that's exactly the point. Protect your users, don't sell their location data
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Joseph Cox (offline)
2 days ago
We've shown black market telecom location data tied to the stalking of a specific person, and also to the spot of a triple murder in the United States. Now, it's clear abuse of app based location data is happening
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Joseph Cox (offline)
2 days ago
Senator Ron Wyden wants the FTC to investigate the data broker industry
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Motherboard
2 days ago
"Grindr has historically treated user data with almost no care or concern," Zach Edwards, a researcher who has closely followed the supply chain of various sources of data, told Motherboard in an online chat.
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Joseph Cox (offline)
2 days ago
It's especially wild when Grindr is the one ultimately responsible for sharing its users' data. Grindr is the one that has to share, or not share, that data. Now, someone is being targeted because of their sexuality because of that data practice
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Joseph Cox (offline)
2 days ago
Grindr's response to this abuse is really wild. It says this is "infeasible from a technical standpoint." But what that does that even mean: Grindr *did* give location data to third parties, had to pay huge fine. And deanonymization *is* done, repeatedly.
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Joseph Cox (offline)
2 days ago
You may have already seen the specifics, but the TLDR is that Catholic Substack The Pillar got some commercial location data, and identified which phone belonged to a priest by looking at phones at his home address etc. Not difficult really.
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Joseph Cox (offline)
2 days ago
This is not some academic research or a thought experiment. This starkly shows that what many would think is just for intelligence agencies is actually available to any sort of disgruntled, unscrupulous, or dangerous individual. Changes risk for everyone.
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Joseph Cox (offline)
2 days ago
New: the inevitable weaponization of app data is here. Grindr gives location data to third parties, broker gives it to Catholic publication, outlet uses that to track and out priest as potentially gay without consent. This is not theoretical; real threat
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Clive Thompson
3 days ago
Tesla’s “Full Self Driving 9” update has been pushed out to customers who asked to demo it—and videos of its performance suggests it performs “almost like drunk driver.” Other people on public roads have, of course, not consented to this experiment:
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Joseph Cox (offline)
3 days ago
Funny when French authorities hacked tens of thousands of Encrochat users, including phones they later acknowledged did not belong to suspected criminals. The prosecution of encrypted phone firms and spyware companies may overlap in some ways later
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Raphael Satter
3 days ago
French prosecutors are now investigating the NSO-linked cyberespionage campaign against journalists there, per Le Monde.
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Jason Koebler
3 days ago
I just feel inspired, like anything is possible if you take millions in government subsidies from small towns, abuse your workers, use algorithms to copy and crush competitors, and pay no taxes. But mostly just happy Jeff had a nice time
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ProPublica
3 days ago
If you were to take Jeff Bezos' vast wealth and lay it out in dollar bills, you'd need to fly pretty high just to see it all.
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Joseph Cox (offline)
4 days ago
AWS taking down the NSO infrastructure was because Amnesty was in touch with the company before publishing its technical report; not the media reports
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Joseph Cox (offline)
4 days ago
Linode and Digital Ocean statements
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