Security Roundup: Facebook 'Unintentionally' Collected Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users

Security Roundup: Facebook 'Unintentionally' Collected Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users

Mueller Report says Russia Hacked a Florida County's Network. “The FBI believes that this operation enabled the GRU to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government,” the report says.

Colorado Tried a New Way to Vote: Make People Pay—Quadratically

Colorado Tried a New Way to Vote: Make People Pay—Quadratically

Like a lot of other similarly intricate ideas, quadratic voting sets out to solve a fundamental problem in the field of “social choice,” which is to say, how groups of people choose what they want.

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.

Robot ‘Natural Selection’ Recombines Into Something Totally New

Robot ‘Natural Selection’ Recombines Into Something Totally New

“It gives you a lot of diversity and it gives you the power to explore areas of a design space that you wouldn't normally go into,” says research scientist David Howard, who developed the evolving leg system and recently published a framework for evolutionary robotics in Nature Machine Intelligence .

Trump’s Casinos Couldn’t Make Atlantic City Great Again

Trump’s Casinos Couldn’t Make Atlantic City Great Again

In Atlantic City, Rose says, "you know that you’re going to lose, that the game is rigged, but there’s always the possibility.” Like many people, photographer and New York City resident Brian Rose was blindsided by Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election.

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

The information I found on the drives, including candidates, precincts, and the number of votes cast on the machine, were not encrypted. By using a $15 palm-sized device, my team was able to exploit a smart chip card, allowing us to vote multiple times.

How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening

How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening

Two years later, in 2015, a Guardian writer named Harry Davies reported that Cambridge Analytica had collected data on millions of American Facebook users without their permission, and used their likes to create personality profiles for the 2016 US election.

States Need Way More Money to Fix Crumbling Voting Machines

States Need Way More Money to Fix Crumbling Voting Machines

States Need Way More Money to Fix Crumbling Voting Machines “We are driving the same car in 2019 that we were driving in 2004, and the maintenance costs are mounting,” one official told the Brennan Center for Justice in a new survey.

US Hackers' Strike on Russian Trolls Sends a Message—but What Kind?

US Hackers' Strike on Russian Trolls Sends a Message—but What Kind?

Isolating one building I don't think is much of one." Cyber Command had, prior to the IRA's network shutdown, sent far more literal signals to the IRA staffers, as well as the hackers within the Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU responsible for much of 2016's election interference.

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up'

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up'

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up' Elena Lacey; Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images The breaking news hit a snowy Washington on Wednesday: Newly installed attorney general William Barr appears to be preparing to announce the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

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.

The DRC's Ebola Outbreak Is an End-of-Year Nightmare

The DRC's Ebola Outbreak Is an End-of-Year Nightmare

“We are working closely with the supplier to make sure that by the time we’re close to using most of the stockpile, the outbreak will be under control,” says Fall.John Wessels/AFP/Getty ImagesHealth care workers also worry that the upcoming Christian holiday, when many people travel to be with their families, will spread the infection to new areas.

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.

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

At the time, the company was asked: “Does Facebook believe that any of the content created by the Russian Internet Research Agency was designed to discourage anyone from voting?” Facebook responded: “We believe this is an assessment that can be made only by investigators with access to classified intelligence and information from all relevant companies and industries.”A Facebook spokesperson added on Monday morning: “We continue to fully cooperate with officials investigating the IRA’s activity on Facebook and Instagram around the 2016 election.

GOP Email Hack Shows How Bad Midterm Election Meddling Got

GOP Email Hack Shows How Bad Midterm Election Meddling Got

GOP Email Hack Shows How Bad Midterm Election Meddling GotUS President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee in March.Kevin Dietsch/Getty ImagesThough sporadic hacker intrusions and phishing campaigns targeted political entities in the lead-up to November's midterm elections, things seemed pretty quiet overall on the election-meddling front in the US.

An Obscure Concealed Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads

An Obscure Concealed Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads

The company requires these advertisers to go through an authorization process, which includes submitting their government-issued ID and a residential mailing address.Concealed Online’s owner says he had no choice but to register as a political advertiser when Facebook instituted its new policies.

Trump's Apparent Aquaphobia Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Trump's Apparent Aquaphobia Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Indeed, a lot of what people were talking about last week—Melania Trump's verion of "you're fired" and pro wrestling debacles aside—were events set in motion at various points in the past.

The Evolutionary Importance of Neutral vs. Adaptive Genes

The Evolutionary Importance of Neutral vs. Adaptive Genes

For most of the first half of the 20th century, population geneticists largely attributed genetic differences between populations and species to adaptation through positive selection.Motoo Kimura proposed in 1968 that most mutations might be neutral in effect rather than beneficial or harmful, and that shifts in the frequency of these neutral mutations dominated evolutionary change at the genomic level.Annual ReviewsBut in 1968, the famed population geneticist Motoo Kimura resisted the adaptationist perspective with his neutral theory of molecular evolution.

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!

Can a Facebook Ad Really Sway Your Vote? MoveOn Thinks So

Can a Facebook Ad Really Sway Your Vote? MoveOn Thinks So

MoveOn Thinks SoEthan Miller/Getty ImagesIf you are one of the 20 million potential voters that MoveOn, a progressive advocacy group, believes could help swing the midterm elections in Democrats' favor, then chances are, over the next few days, you will see a MoveOn–sponsored ad in your Facebook news feed.It'll be a video of a real voter—not an actor or a politician—explaining why he or she is voting for a given candidate.

Don’t Be Duped by Voting Misinformation Before the Midterms

Don’t Be Duped by Voting Misinformation Before the Midterms

There are also third-party tools supported by nonpartisan organizations like Ballotopedia, Democracy Works, and Vote411.org, which allow you to input your address and receive individualized voter information for your area.What People Are SayingThere’s a ton of misinformation out there, and it’s always evolving, but there are a few general themes that come up every election cycle.Voter FraudVoter fraud is a constant boogeyman.

Citing No Evidence, Brian Kemp Accuses Georgia Democrats of Hacking

Citing No Evidence, Brian Kemp Accuses Georgia Democrats of Hacking

Now, two days before an election in which Kemp himself is the Republican candidate for governor, he has levied similarly unsupported charges—this time against his democratic opponents.The Georgia Secretary of State’s office released a short statement on Sunday morning that it had opened an investigation into the Democratic Party the previous evening, “after a failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system.”The Democratic Party of Georgia sharply denied the accusations in a statement to reporters.

Trump's New Executive Order Slaps a Bandaid on Election Interference Problems

Trump's New Executive Order Slaps a Bandaid on Election Interference Problems

"We remain woefully underprepared to secure the upcoming elections, and an executive order is simply no substitute for congressional action," Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.Analysts also noted that the apparent lack of collaboration between the White House and Congress could indicate that the order is more of a bandaid than a concerted effort by the administration to build deterrents against election meddling."Trump is way late to the game.

Paris climate deal doesn't stop us building new coal plants, Canavan says

Paris climate deal doesn't stop us building new coal plants, Canavan says

Australia does not need to quit the Paris climate agreement because our commitments are non-binding, and new coal plants can continue to be constructed, according to the resources minister, Matt Canavan.

Liberals and Labor neck and neck in byelection race for Turnbull's seat – poll

Liberals and Labor neck and neck in byelection race for Turnbull's seat – poll

With Turnbull’s resignation about to trigger a byelection in the Sydney seat the former prime minister holds with a margin of 17.7%, the new ReachTel poll funded by the Australia Institute, with a sample size of 886 residents, suggests voters in Wentworth are focused on Morrison’s early steps on climate and energy.