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How Google Tracks Hackers

Tracking hacking groups has become a booming business. Dozens of so-called “threat intelligence” companies keep tabs on them and sell subscriptions to feeds where they provide customers with up to date information on what the most advanced cyber criminals and government hackers are up to. Lots of these are small companies, but one of the best in the business you’ve definitely heard of: Google. Although Google’s own hacker...

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CYBER Podcast: How We Learned Big Telecom Was Selling Location Data to Bounty Hunters

Recently, Motherboard sent $300 to a bounty hunter. Shortly after, he sent us a Google Maps screenshot with the real-time location data of a phone that we'd asked him to track. This tracking wasn’t thanks to a fancy hacking technique or spy device: it was thanks to data collected and sold by the telecom companies themselves, including AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. As we reported, this data trickles down a series of increasingly...

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CYBER Podcast: The Security Advice You Should Give Your Friends and Family This Holiday

In the coming weeks, millions of people will get new phones, computers, Amazon Echos, Google Homes, smart coffee makers, and other devices from the internet of things. All of them come with their own privacy, surveillance, and hacking risks, but there are steps you can take to minimize your exposure. So we thought it’d be a good time to talk about the Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked, our comprehensive advice on digital...

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How to Securely Contact Motherboard

Do you have a tip you think we should chase? Do you have a sensitive document that you believe should be published? Do you have information that needs to get out? Here at Motherboard we offer several ways for you to send us information securely and anonymously. We treat the security and confidentiality of our sources as a top priority, so we want to make sure you know what channel is best to protect yourself, and how to use it...