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

Joined March 2011
New: I obtained videos, docs, files from inside Anom, the encrypted phone company the FBI secretly turned into a honeypot to wiretap hundreds of alleged crime groups around the world. Anom sources said they had no idea it was being used by FBI. One video: vice.com/en/article/n7nnmg/i…
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That video shows an Anom distributor flashing Anom's custom software onto the phones themselves, to then send out to clients around the world. vice.com/en/article/n7nnmg/i…
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Australian police previously said that authorities were "running" the company. I think the truth is more complicated than that: the documents show that Anom did run somewhat autonomously, with distributors, support, tracking sales, developing the app, etc vice.com/en/article/n7nnmg/i…
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Spoke to multiple people who worked for Anom. They said the same thing: they had no idea Anom was secretly sending customer messages to the authorities. “We were never told that this project is going to be in the middle of this." vice.com/en/article/n7nnmg/i…
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The documents show in detail how many phones went to which person, what country they were based in, etc vice.com/en/article/n7nnmg/i…
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Anom sellers had a panel they would log into to organize their phones, assign customers, etc. I verified the appearance of the panel with someone who sold Anom phones vice.com/en/article/n7nnmg/i…
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Other documents show specific addresses Anom sent phones to, including in the UK and US vice.com/en/article/n7nnmg/i…
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We verified the internal Anom documents with various Anom sources vice.com/en/article/n7nnmg/i…
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I don't think Twitter should be deciding what is in the public interest or not themselves blog.nitter.fdn.fr/en_us/topic…
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Here are some of the countries 5SIM offers numbers for. vice.com/en/article/dyppxm/b…
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A selection of the YouTube videos showing what 5SIM says users can do with their phone numbers; fulfil SMS verification on account creation without providing their number vice.com/en/article/dyppxm/b…
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Map included of plotted Google data of a person allegedly involved in the Capitol riot published in a court record today
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One section of the released documents showing the Air Force's purchase of Wickr licenses vice.com/en/article/y3vd7k/a…
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Went on Darknet Diaries to talk about the encrypted phone industry darknetdiaries.com/episode/1…
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New: fraudsters hijacked the Twitter account of a newspaper to push a PS5 scam. Took over account, deleted most tweets, said 1st person to DM could buy a PS5. Bit of an escalation with PS5 scams to just takeover accounts now vice.com/en/article/93bymp/s…
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I did DM them. Not legit. vice.com/en/article/93bymp/s…
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One of the exhibits is a long spreadsheet of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook accounts and websites that are advertising Sky phones. Sky then looked at their language; if advertising for illicit purposes, would try to get them taken down etc vice.com/en/article/epxnnp/c…
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But I spoke to a Sky seller who provided phones to criminals who said they would just wipe phones anyway even if they knew were in the hands of law enforcement. They also said "Of course they know" when asked if Sky knew it sold phones to criminals vice.com/en/article/epxnnp/c…
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Here is the filing from Sky suing the government for control of its seized domains documentcloud.org/documents/…
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Statement from Eap's counsel on Sky being a legitimate company, not one that catered to crime vice.com/en/article/epxnnp/c…
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