NATO Group Catfished Soldiers to Prove a Point About Privacy

NATO Group Catfished Soldiers to Prove a Point About Privacy

Over four weeks, the researchers developed fake pages and closed groups on Facebook that looked like they were associated with the military exercise, as well as profiles impersonating service members both real and imagined.

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud HashiCorp cofounder Mitchell Hashimoto wrote course registration software in college so he didn't have to wake up early to sign up for classes.

What Is Credential Stuffing?

What Is Credential Stuffing?

Credential stuffing attacks also can't try massive numbers of logins on a site with all the tries coming from the same IP address, because web services have basic rate-limiting protections in place to block floods of activity that could be destabilizing.

Chinese Surveillance, Facebook Tracking, and More Security News This Week

Chinese Surveillance, Facebook Tracking, and More Security News This Week

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Data Breaches This week, a security researcher found that Chinese company SenseNets, which allegedly facilitates that facial recognition tracking, had left a database containing the associated data completely exposed online.

The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet

The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet

“I don’t know what the Michael Pollan version would be: Eat independent sites, mostly not Facebook?” says Glitch CEO Anil Dash, who helped create some early social web tools 15 years ago at Six Apart and has long argued that tech needs to reintroduce community and user control.

Hacks, Nudes, and Breaches: It's Been a Rough Month for Dating Apps

Hacks, Nudes, and Breaches: It's Been a Rough Month for Dating Apps

"And often times these dating sites provide little to no security, as we have seen with breaches going back several years from these sites." Three's a Crowd OkCupid came under scrutiny this week after TechCrunch reported on Sunday that users have been dealing with a rise in hackers taking over accounts, then changing the account email address and password.

New York and Amazon Played a Zero-Sum Game—And Everyone Lost

New York and Amazon Played a Zero-Sum Game—And Everyone Lost

Its decision to terminate its planned expansion in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City will be bad for New York City, bad for Amazon, and not so great for a national economic system that will need all of the investment and innovation it can get in the years ahead.

VW Targets Carbon-Neutral Production for First Electric Car

VW Targets Carbon-Neutral Production for First Electric Car

Volkswagen AG plans to save 1 million tons of carbon-dioxide emissions a year by making production of its first electric model carbon neutral, part of an effort to clean up its image in the aftermath of the diesel-cheating scandal.

The Fallout of the Activision Layoffs Will Last a While

The Fallout of the Activision Layoffs Will Last a While

Unity Might Be Going Public, Which Could Be Troubling for the Independent Developers Who Rely on Unity Unity Technologies, the company behind the incredibly popular Unity game engine, might be up for an IPO in 2020, according to rumors rounded up by Variety .

Amazon Won't Build Its New Headquarters in New York City

Amazon Won't Build Its New Headquarters in New York City

Amazon Won't Build Its New Headquarters in New York City The company was expected to receive almost $3 billion in tax breaks and other government incentives in exchange for opening its new corporate office (as well as a helicopter pad for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos).

Don’t Get Your Valentine an Internet-Connected Sex Toy

Don’t Get Your Valentine an Internet-Connected Sex Toy

“Even simply opening the Bluetooth explorer on your phone will reveal nearby smart adult devices that are powered on.” When Bluetooth is used to hack into and take over a sex toy, it’s called “screwdriving”—a term coined by Pen Test Partners in 2017, when its researchers discovered that the Lovense Hush butt plug could be found and remotely controlled via Bluetooth.

Two Satellites Almost Crashed. Here’s How They Dodged It

Two Satellites Almost Crashed. Here’s How They Dodged It

Two small satellites, whirling through Earth's low orbits, had “the potential for a conjunction.” Those are the words Major Cody Chiles, spokesperson for the Joint Force Space Component Command, uses to mean "the chance of a collision." The satellites, one from a company called Capella Space and the other from Spire Global, could smack into each other.

A New Robo-Car Report Card Isn't Quite What It Seems

A New Robo-Car Report Card Isn't Quite What It Seems

But its many pages make clear that while the Silicon Valley hype around robocars may have cooled, progress toward the day when humans are unshackled from the steering wheel continues: The 48 autonomous vehicle developers that tested their tech on public roads collectively drove 2.05 million miles between December 2017 and November 2018, up from 500,000 the year before.

The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Is Scrambling Telecom Politics

The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Is Scrambling Telecom Politics

The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Is Scrambling Telecom Politics US representative Anna Eshoo (D-California) says AT&T and Verizon effectively dominate the wireless market, and as a result, "Americans pay some of the highest prices for mobile wireless service in the developed world." Celeste Sloman/Redux Representative Anna Eshoo (D-California) has sparred with the telecommunications industry over issues like net neutrality and privacy over the years.

Don't Blame Fortnite for Activision-Blizzard's Layoffs

Don't Blame Fortnite for Activision-Blizzard's Layoffs

There is a Fortnite Effect, yes, but it's not being caused by the game's continuing utter dominance—the source is a lack of original thinking among developers and investors both. Activision-Blizzard announced that it would pour money into its games, increasing development staff up to 20 percent over the next year.

Should Big Tech Own Our Personal Data?

Should Big Tech Own Our Personal Data?

Now, internet-based companies like Google and Facebook have added an entirely new wrinkle to this business model: instead of charging for their products, they give them away in exchange for vacuuming up our personal data and monetizing it in various ways.

The Pentagon Doubles Down on AI–and Wants Help from Big Tech

The Pentagon Doubles Down on AI–and Wants Help from Big Tech

Federal contracting records indicate that Google, Oracle, IBM, and SAP have signaled interest in working on future Defense Department AI projects. John "Jack" Shanahan, who leads the JAIC, said the unit will focus on rapidly deploying existing AI algorithms and tools, often contracted from technology companies, in military scenarios.

Google and Microsoft Warn That AI May Do Dumb Things

Google and Microsoft Warn That AI May Do Dumb Things

The warning appeared for the first time in the “Risk Factors” segment of Alphabet’s latest annual report, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the following day: “ New products and services, including those that incorporate or utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning, can raise new or exacerbate existing ethical, technological, legal, and other challenges, which may negatively affect our brands and demand for our products and services and adversely affect our revenues and operating results.

Softbank Invests $1B in Robo-Delivery Startup Nuro

Softbank Invests $1B in Robo-Delivery Startup Nuro

It can carry more stuff than sidewalk delivery bots being developed by companies like Marble, and while it drives in the street, its slim profile makes moving safely easier, Ferguson says.

Amazon Gobbles Up Eero to Round Out Its Smart Home Plan

Amazon Gobbles Up Eero to Round Out Its Smart Home Plan

The company's roster of smart home devices now includes multiple speakers, TV streaming boxes and sticks, connected television sets, countertop displays, a wall clock, and a DVR, not to mention oddball gadgets like a scanning wand that aids your grocery shopping and a camera that judges your outfits.

Amazon's Self-Driving Bet and More Car News This Week

Amazon's Self-Driving Bet and More Car News This Week

Amazon's Self-Driving Bet and More Car News This Week Self-driving car developer Aurora bagged a $530 million Series B funding round this week, which doubled as Amazon's biggest step to date into the autonomous driving industry.

Sprint Sues AT&T, Proving ‘5G’ Is Still Meaningless

Sprint Sues AT&T, Proving ‘5G’ Is Still Meaningless

The four largest US mobile carriers have largely settled on the LTE, or "Long Term Evolution" standard for their 4G networks.

IMAX Ditched VR—but Big Theaters Are Buying In

IMAX Ditched VR—but Big Theaters Are Buying In

IMAX Ditched VR—but Big Theaters Are Buying In Cinemark is the latest chain to dip a toe into the deepest water of the VR pool: high-end "free roam" experiences like Terminator Salvation: Fight For the Future.

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Flooding the Zone In an 16-month study of 1.5 billion tweets, Zubair Shafiq, a computer science professor at the University of Iowa, and his graduate student Shehroze Farooqi, identified more than 167,000 apps using Twitter's API to automate bot accounts that spread tens of millions of tweets pushing spam, links to malware, and astroturfing campaigns.

Amazon Joins Microsoft's Call for Rules on Facial Recognition

Amazon Joins Microsoft's Call for Rules on Facial Recognition

In the post, Michael Punke, vice president of global public policy at Amazon’s cloud division, AWS, wrote that the company “supports the creation of a national legislative framework covering facial recognition through video and photographic monitoring on public or commercial premises.” Amazon has been pressured by civil rights groups after tests by academics and the ACLU found that Rekognition’s image analysis and face recognition functions are less accurate for black people.

The Push to Legalize Magic Mushrooms for Depression and PTSD

The Push to Legalize Magic Mushrooms for Depression and PTSD

But his doctors are aware and supportive of his psychedelic drug use, he says, which may legally exempt him under the federal Right To Try Act for terminally ill patients, signed by President Trump last May. Indeed, magic mushrooms are having a therapeutic moment.

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps Senators Richard Blumenthal (pictured), Ed Markey, and Josh Hawley want more information about Facebook’s Project Atlas program.

Go Update iOS Right Now to Fix That Very Bad FaceTime Bug

Go Update iOS Right Now to Fix That Very Bad FaceTime Bug

When security threatens that, then it becomes a priority, so win-win." "It seems inexcusable that Apple allows this and many other bugs to make it into production code." Patrick Wardle, Digita Security The bug stemmed from a logic issue with FaceTime's group calling feature, which Apple introduced at the end of 2018 as part of launching its new iOS 12 mobile operating system.

Amazon Dives Into Self-Driving Cars With a Bet on Aurora

Amazon Dives Into Self-Driving Cars With a Bet on Aurora

Amazon Dives Into Self-Driving Cars With a Bet on Aurora If Amazon is looking for a partner to help it move seriously into the robo-car space, Aurora is a logical bet: It's led by a trio of industry veterans and is one of the few independent self-driving developers.

SpaceX's Starship, Meant for Mars, Prepares for a First Hop

SpaceX's Starship, Meant for Mars, Prepares for a First Hop

SpaceX's Starship, Meant for Mars, Prepares for a First Hop SpaceX Last Sunday, as much of the country tuned into the Super Bowl, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and a crew of engineers were gathered in McGregor, Texas, the small city where the company maintains a rocket test site.

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