The Mueller Report Is Much Worse for Trump Than Barr Let On

The Mueller Report Is Much Worse for Trump Than Barr Let On

Even as he correctly summarized that Mueller did not find that Trump’s campaign conspired—distinct from colluding, which the report makes clear—with the Russian government, Barr appears to have misled the public about the severity of the evidence on obstruction of justice.

The Mueller Report Is Out. Here's Where You Can Read It

The Mueller Report Is Out. Here's Where You Can Read It

"The deputy attorney general and I concluded that the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish the president committed and obstruction of justice offense," Barr said Thursday, adding that they "disagreed with some of the special counsel's legal theories."

In the 2020 Race, What Is the Value of Social Media Stardom?

In the 2020 Race, What Is the Value of Social Media Stardom?

Speaking of that candidate, Buttigieg and his fellow Democrats all have a long way to go if they want to catch up: Not only did President Trump's campaign raise more money than every Democrat last quarter, but last month on Twitter, he earned ten times more interactions than even Mayor Pete.

William Barr Sends Troubling Signals Ahead of Mueller Report Release

William Barr Sends Troubling Signals Ahead of Mueller Report Release

He declined to explain Mueller’s reasoning for refusing to make a “traditional prosecutorial decision” on the question of whether Donald Trump obstructed justice, an important answer given how Barr stepped in to offer his own verdict—even as he quoted Mueller saying the report “does not exonerate” the president on obstruction.

Inside the Democrats’ Plan to Fix Their Crumbling Data Operation

Inside the Democrats’ Plan to Fix Their Crumbling Data Operation

Issie Lapowsky covers the intersection of tech, politics, and national affairs for WIRED.Since 2011, Vertica has been the Democratic Party's central repository for data—a place to store every state's voter file, every door knock and phone call organizers make, and every bit of commercially available data campaigns collect.

Mueller Report Says No Collusion, Barr Raises a Million Questions

Mueller Report Says No Collusion, Barr Raises a Million Questions

Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrapped up his 675-day probe —the most politically charged investigation in American history—with a profoundly unsatisfying conclusion about whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice: Maybe .The answer came in a convoluted four-page letter to Congress from newly installed Attorney General Bill Barr, who spent the weekend sorting through Mueller’s final report with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The Evidence That Could Impeach Donald Trump

The Evidence That Could Impeach Donald Trump

Mueller—or the Southern District, or one of the other 18-plus investigations targeting the president—could dramatically alter the impeachment narrative in Washington in at least three ways: (1) by outlining clear evidence of a specific presidential crime, (2) a demonstrable, smoking-gun-included pattern of obstruction, or (3) demonstrable action taken to compromise American interests at the expense of advancing a foreign power’s goals, including actively conspiring with Russia in the 2016 campaign.

House Probes Cambridge Analytica on Russia and WikiLeaks

House Probes Cambridge Analytica on Russia and WikiLeaks

Sprinkled among those names are also key players from President Trump's 2016 digital team, including his former digital director and current campaign manager Brad Parscale, as well as several former executives of Cambridge Analytica, the now defunct consulting company, including its former CEO Alexander Nix, former business development director Brittany Kaiser, and Julian Wheatland, director of Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL Group.

What Robert Mueller Knows—and Isn't Telling Us

What Robert Mueller Knows—and Isn't Telling Us

It followed a now familiar pattern: Mueller’s court filing included voluminous detail, including insight into the internal decision-making process of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign—and yet the indictment stopped short of alleging that Stone was part of a larger conspiracy.

A Worldwide Hacking Spree Uses DNS Trickery to Nab Data

A Worldwide Hacking Spree Uses DNS Trickery to Nab Data

Using a classic tactic to undermine data security as it moves across the web, hackers have grabbed sensitive data like login credentials and business details from telecoms, internet service providers, government organizations, and other institutions in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and North America.

2018 Was a Rough Year for Truth Online

2018 Was a Rough Year for Truth Online

More often than not, the information provided by companies like Twitter and Facebook in their high-profile data dumps is nothing new to any platform researcher worth their salt.

Security News This Week: Hackers Hit NASA Before the Holidays

Security News This Week: Hackers Hit NASA Before the Holidays

Three days after the magazine contacted Amazon, the company reached out to the customer whose private information had been erroneously shared with a stranger and explained that a staff member had made a “one-time error” that breached his privacy.

Targeting Black Americans, Russia's IRA Exploited Racial Wounds

Targeting Black Americans, Russia's IRA Exploited Racial Wounds

But New Knowledge’s report, released Monday, shows a much more sustained and purposeful focus on black Americans—as the IRA went about instigating mistrust in law enforcement and political institutions, while cultivating seemingly authentic narratives of black pride.The report details how black Americans were among the most exploited online communities by the IRA, cataloging how the Russian firm developed an “expansive cross-platform media mirage” that specifically targeted black people by leveraging popular social media sites.

A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia Investigations

A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia Investigations

A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia InvestigationsORGE SILVA/AFP/Getty ImagesWhile popular memory today remembers Watergate as five DNC burglars leading inexorably to Richard Nixon’s resignation two years later, history recalls that the case and special prosecutor’s investigation at the time was much broader; ultimately 69 people were charged as part of the investigation, 48 of whom pleaded guilty or were found guilty at trial.After three weeks of back-to-back-to-back-to-back bombshells by federal prosecutors and special counsel Robert Mueller, it’s increasingly clear that as 2018 winds down, Donald Trump faces a legal assault unlike anything previously seen by any president—a total of at least 17 distinct court cases stemming from at least seven different sets of prosecutors and investigators.

9 Trumpworld Figures Who Should Fear Mueller the Most

9 Trumpworld Figures Who Should Fear Mueller the Most

On Wednesday, SDNY reached a deal with National Enquirer publisher AMI that explicitly states that the Cohen payments were intended to prevent a story about Trump's alleged affair with Karen McDougal from "influencing the election."The court filings contain growing signs, too, that Mueller could be building not just a case around conspiracy during the 2016 campaign, but also about “expansive obstruction.” A case like that could include the possible coordination of lies following Russia revelations, such as Cohen’s in front of Congress.

Burger King’s One-Cent Whopper Offers a Taste of the Robocar Future

Burger King’s One-Cent Whopper Offers a Taste of the Robocar Future

Burger King’s One-Cent Whopper Offers a Taste of the Robocar FutureIn a world with more ride-hailing and self-driving tech, ads that have always been relegated to billboards can move into the car.At first bite, it seems no more than a clever way to boost sales at the expense of a competitor.

A Quiet War Rages Over Who Can Make Money Online

A Quiet War Rages Over Who Can Make Money Online

Members of the incel community—including the official Twitter account for incels.is, a central hub for adherents—have joined with other men’s rights activists, using the content policies of online payment companies such as PayPal as weapons to block female pornographic actors and sex workers from making or spending money online.The campaign is called the “ThotAudit,” in reference to the derogatory term “thot,” which stands for “that ho over there.” It began over the Thanksgiving holiday as a grassroots effort to intimidate sex workers and women who sell access to private pornographic social media accounts by reporting them to the Internal Revenue Service for tax evasion—without evidence of wrongdoing.

Spotify's Year-End Ads Highlight the Weird and Wonderful

Spotify's Year-End Ads Highlight the Weird and Wonderful

In particular this year we’ve made sure to tell universal stories that aggregate data, versus highlighting individuals,” says June Sauvaget, Spotify’s global head of consumer marketing.To further allay privacy concerns, all of the data used in Wrapped comes from public playlists, already discoverable on the platform.

Russia's Elite Hackers May Have New Phishing Tricks

Russia's Elite Hackers May Have New Phishing Tricks

It's not uncommon to see them come out with a new variant or a totally new malware family."Palo Alto Networks researchers have only found one sample of the special Cannon-laced malicious document so far, but it was part of a broader APT 28 phishing campaign they observed that focused on government targets in North America, Europe, and a former USSR state that the company declined to name.Meanwhile, investigators at FireEye observed an extensive phishing campaign launched last week that appears to come from APT 29 hackers, also called Cozy Bear.

6 Questions After The New York Times' Facebook Bombshell

6 Questions After The New York Times' Facebook Bombshell

To suggest that this was an anti-Semitic attack is reprehensible and untrue.” A Facebook spokesperson told WIRED that neither Zuckerberg nor Sandberg had any idea about “the Soros stuff.”5) Did Facebook lie about what they knew about Russian operations on the platform during the 2016 election?This is a complicated, tangled question!

Bridging the skills gap is key for energy access, new jobs

Bridging the skills gap is key for energy access, new jobs

Despite growing demand for home solar systems and other off-grid renewable energy solutions in Africa and Asia, there is a growing shortage of job-ready talent to finance, develop, install, operate and manage these systems.

How Antivax PACs Helped Shape Midterm Ballots

How Antivax PACs Helped Shape Midterm Ballots

In three counties, non-medical exemption rates reach as high as nine percent.“We’ve got kids dying of the flu, an enormous risk of a measles outbreak, over what?” says Hotez, who has been one of the loudest voices to condemn the modern anti-vaccine movement.

How Bots Ruined Clicktivism

How Bots Ruined Clicktivism

The second, first posted at 2 am Texas time Thursday morning, was initiated by a group sympathetic to Ted Cruz’s reelection campaign (it’s still unclear who) and it was pushed via a combination of an advocacy app and some of Twitter’s own ad tools.They were amplified by a lot of real people—as well as a fair number of sketchy accounts.Anyone who’s ever run a campaign—political, advocacy, or marketing—knows that getting attention is key to winning—and that getting attention is really hard.

Rise for Climate: Protesters take to streets across the planet to demand action on environment

Rise for Climate: Protesters take to streets across the planet to demand action on environment

“Climate change is the defining issue of our time, it is a crisis of democracy, justice and human rights,” said May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, the New York-based campaign group behind the day.

Fake Beto O'Rourke Texts Expose New Playground for Trolls

Fake Beto O'Rourke Texts Expose New Playground for Trolls

Instead, they leave it to the campaigns to thoroughly vet their volunteers, just as they would a phone-banker or in-person canvasser."The more barriers to entry you have, the less likely trolls are to jump through them," says Souweine, who founded Relay after leading Sanders' national texting program in 2016.He found out about the phony O'Rourke text the way most people did: On Twitter.

Nike, Colin Kaepernick, and the Changing Role of the Athlete

Nike, Colin Kaepernick, and the Changing Role of the Athlete

Amid the fury of yesterday’s news cycle, the NFL issued a statement, a portion of which read: “The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action.”It’s easy to be distrustful of Nike’s partnership with Kaepernick, with what can feel like an abrupt pivot to political advertising.

Expedition probes ocean’s smallest organisms for climate answers – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Expedition probes ocean’s smallest organisms for climate answers – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

With more than 100 scientists and crew from nearly 30 research institutions, EXPORTS is the first coordinated multidisciplinary science campaign of its kind to study the pathways, fates and carbon cycle impacts of microscopic and other plankton using two research vessels, a range of underwater robotic platforms and satellite imagery.