journalist covering hackers/crime/privacy for @motherboard. Signal: +44 20 8133 5190. Wickr: josephcox. 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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Man pleads guilty to breaking into hundreds of iCloud accounts and stealing nude images. Advertised his hacking service for others to buy as "icloudripper4you", but also kept images for his personal collection. vice.com/en/article/5dbn75/i…
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Activision confirms our reporting in this tweet.
Update from #TeamRicochet: ▶️ RICOCHET Anti-Cheat™ is in controlled live testing. Before putting it on your PC, we’re testing the hell out of it ▶️ Testing includes providing a pre-release version of the driver to select 3rd parties ▶️ Readying server-side upgrades for launch
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New: there was an apparent "leak" of Call of Duty's new anti-cheat system called RICOCHET. Sources said us it's not really a leak; developers pushed an early version of RICOCHET to some players to test reliability, expected for cheat devs to get it vice.com/en/article/akg5pg/t…
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Updated: spoke to a cheat developer who says they have been analyzing the 'leaked' early version of Call of Duty's new anti-cheat "easy work. I am very surprised at how easy this was to reverse & analyze considering the massive amount of PR that COD did" vice.com/en/article/akg5pg/t…
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New: here's how the White House is going to try and stamp out phishing across the U.S. government. Forcing agencies to stop SMS, app-based 2FA. Move entirely to phishing-resistant 2FA like hardware keys. A significant task, an official told me vice.com/en/article/93yemz/w…
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The OMB is particularly worried about phishing that is automated, cheap, and scalable. Those phishing sites that, say, interact with the real site in an effort to make stealing 2FA codes easier. Why they need phishing-resistant 2FA instead vice.com/en/article/93yemz/w…
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New: journalist clicks 'view source' on a public government webpage, finds government site is exposing SSNs. Waits until the issue is fixed before publishing their story. Governor now wants to prosecute the journalist as 'hacker' vice.com/en/article/jg8ynp/g…
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New: 7 former Twitch employees detail the untold story behind Twitch's biggest ever hack. Hack was so bad that Twitch essentially had to rebuild much of its code infrastructure because the company decided to assume most of its servers were compromised. vice.com/en/article/pkb7qg/u…
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Hackers managed to send a copy of every single user's password to their servers, and accessed all source code and all databases vice.com/en/article/pkb7qg/u…
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The "Urgent Pizza" t-shirt image is a shirt Twitch made to give to people who worked on the largest hack it has ever faced, because workers had to do ridiculous overtime; future incidents also got food names with a random food name generator vice.com/en/article/pkb7qg/u…
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FTC has sent a notice to hundreds of companies, including Activision Blizzard, AT&T, Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts, Hulu, Macy's, Ralph Lauren, Sony, and Wendy's etc, saying FTC will fine companies using fake reviews vice.com/en/article/v7e5qm/f…
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New: Call of Duty's new anti-cheat will run in the kernel. Some may have security concerns, but kernel anti-cheats typically much more successful than others. One cheat developer warning customers to stop aimbotting until they have more info vice.com/en/article/z3xjqa/c…
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Update: spoke to Zebleer, the admin of one of the more popular Call of Duty cheats called Phantom Overlay. They do think that generally the new kernel anti-cheat will be effective. "I think that the 'cheating problem' in Call of Duty is officially over" vice.com/en/article/z3xjqa/c…
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NEW: Starbucks has temporarily closed two of its Buffalo, NY stores that are unionizing. Company says closures have nothing to do with @SBWorkersUnited union drive. But shutting down locations is standard disruptive anti union practice. vice.com/en/article/akg5ja/s…
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NEW: Woman allegedly hacked a flight school where she used to work at, clearing planes with maintenance issues to fly. "It was a situation that could have endangered human life,” CEO of traning school company told police. vice.com/en/article/bvzwv5/w…
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