Facebook Busts Russian Disinfo Networks as US Election Looms

Facebook Busts Russian Disinfo Networks as US Election Looms

Facebook attributed one of the disinformation distribution networks to "actors associated with election interference in the US in the past, including those involved in 'DC leaks' in 2016.The network tied to IRA-linked individuals included accounts and groups collectively posing as a Turkey-based think tank.

179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

It’s one of the largest global dark web takedowns to date: 179 arrests spread across six countries; 500 kilograms of drugs seized; $6.5 million in cash and cryptocurrency confiscated.

Russia’s Fancy Bear Hackers Are Hitting US Campaign Targets Again

Russia’s Fancy Bear Hackers Are Hitting US Campaign Targets Again

The targets include many election-adjacent organizations, according to researchers at Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Center, including political campaigns, advocacy groups, think tanks, political parties, and political consultants serving both Republicans and Democrats.

Neuralink Is Impressive Tech, Wrapped in Musk Hype

Neuralink Is Impressive Tech, Wrapped in Musk Hype

The Neuralink picks up electrical signals—the “spikes” or “action potentials” that run the length of neurons when they’re activated, and signal the squirting of neurotransmitter chemicals across synapses.

Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here's Why

Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here's Why

As Orr explains, officers are getting more savvy about smart home devices, creating templates that simplify requesting data.Orr has studied the types of data police can pull from smart speakers like the Amazon Echo.

These Are the Only Sims 4 Expansions and Add-Ons You Need

These Are the Only Sims 4 Expansions and Add-Ons You Need

I'll do the same for all the $20 Game Packs available, which add a mix of features and items.And last are the $10 Stuff Packs, which add themed items for your house and Sims.

The Tech That Can Help Keep Your Dogs Happy and Healthy

The Tech That Can Help Keep Your Dogs Happy and Healthy

Dog owners are able to link the device to their home Wi-Fi, and anytime their dog leaves that area the app will send push alerts to linked phones.

During Lockdowns, the Earth (Sort of) Stood Still

During Lockdowns, the Earth (Sort of) Stood Still

“We see it effectively moving around the globe as a seismic lockdown wave,” says Royal Holloway University of London seismologist Paula Koelemeijer, one of the paper’s coauthors.“Earthquakes are often really lower frequencies than the seismic signals from human activities,” says Koelemeijer.

Twitter Cracks Down on QAnon. Your Move, Facebook

Twitter Cracks Down on QAnon. Your Move, Facebook

Twitter’s announcement, she said, suggests that the company has gotten more serious about the real-world consequences of activity on its platform.

NIWA mapping seafloor around Whakaari/White Island

NIWA mapping seafloor around Whakaari/White Island

NIWA scientists are heading to the waters around Whakaari/White Island in the Bay of Plenty next week to survey changes to the seafloor.No-one has collected water column imaging close to Whakaari so this is an incredible opportunity to discover new areas of volcanic activity.”.

Julian Assange Faces New Conspiracy Allegations

Julian Assange Faces New Conspiracy Allegations

Security researchers have long insisted, though, that there is no technical way to build a backdoor in encryption for law enforcement that won't fundamentally undermine the protection.But Evil Corp's activity is notable, because the group was indicted by the Justice Department in December for hacking.

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Newly formed Google accounts will auto-delete activity and location every 18 months by default.Auto-delete features also don't apply to services explicitly meant for long-term data storage, like Gmail, Google Drive, and Photos.

Every New iPhone Feature Apple Revealed for iOS 14

Every New iPhone Feature Apple Revealed for iOS 14

Notably, your home screen could look very different in the future, and the iPhone could become your new set of car keys in a few years' time.Developers can start making new home screen widgets for their respective apps.

The Russian Disinfo Operation You Never Heard About

The Russian Disinfo Operation You Never Heard About

It has run relatively few campaigns related to Syria and its civil war but is devoted to a common priority for Russia-backed digital actors: undermining and destabilizing Ukraine .Though Secondary Infektion's activities are difficult to track, Graphika researchers were able to piece the its activity together by looking at rare occasions where the group reused an account a few times, and identifying patterns in sets of blogs and forums the group would post to.

Facebook 'Manage Activity' Is a Long Overdue Privacy Feature

Facebook 'Manage Activity' Is a Long Overdue Privacy Feature

Manage Activity will also introduce a Facebook Trash folder so you can delete posts more easily.All archived posts will show up in one place, but Facebook says there isn’t a way to view the collection of posts you've marked Only Me.

Auckland’s drought most extreme in modern times

Auckland’s drought most extreme in modern times

As weather systems tracked toward New Zealand from the west and north, they lacked moisture because of cooler eastern Indian Ocean seas caused by the IOD.NIWA’s climate change expectations suggest spring average rainfall decreases for northern New Zealand, including Auckland.

What Goes On in a Proton? Quark Math Still Needs Answers

What Goes On in a Proton? Quark Math Still Needs Answers

Faced with a task like calculating how three wispy quarks produce the hulking proton, QCD simply fails to produce a meaningful answer.“It’s tantalizing and frustrating,” said Mark Lancaster, a particle physicist based at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It's Got Bigger Worries

This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It's Got Bigger Worries

This is highly influenced by temperature: An adult antechinus’ metabolism shifts to expend less energy when it’s cold during the winter, and there isn’t much insect prey for it to hunt.

All the Ways Facebook Tracks You—and How to Limit It

All the Ways Facebook Tracks You—and How to Limit It

The social network behemoth says it uses your data to show relevant ads and keep you safe; if someone signs into your account from a country you're not usually in, for instance, Facebook can flag the activity as suspicious.The best way to limit Facebook's tracking is to quit all three apps for good.

An Iranian Hacking Campaign, Social Media Surveillance, and More News

An Iranian Hacking Campaign, Social Media Surveillance, and More News

In a new report, the security firm Dragos details hacking activity against American electric utilities and attributes it to a group of Iranian hackers called Magnallium.That's the weight of Sony's new concept car , which debuted this week at CES.

Mind Control for the Masses—No Implant Needed

Mind Control for the Masses—No Implant Needed

His startup, NextMind, makes a non-invasive neural interface that sits on the back of one’s head, and translates brain waves into data that can be used to control compatible software.

Water Scarcity Around the World: It’s about You and Me

Water Scarcity Around the World: It’s about You and Me

Long before climate change became recognized as one of the world’s major problems, water scarcity was widely recognized as a challenge for humanity.Unfortunately, the rise of awareness about the challenges of climate change had a perverse result when it came to the world working collectively to reduce global water scarcity.

This Year's Flu Season Is Off to a Weird (and Early) Start

This Year's Flu Season Is Off to a Weird (and Early) Start

Most flu seasons are driven by type A viruses, the kind you've probably heard about the most.But, because they jut out from a viral particle, Ha and Na also help our immune systems identify flu virus.

We Need to Protect Antarctic ‘Blue Carbon’

We Need to Protect Antarctic ‘Blue Carbon’

So as ice shelves retreat, so does the natural reserve status, precisely at the time blue-carbon zones need strong legal protections.But many have already opposed agreements on Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Oceans, areas much smaller than predicted blue-carbon sites.

Absolute Best Black Friday Tech Deals: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Etc (2019)

Absolute Best Black Friday Tech Deals: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Etc (2019)

We will update it as prices change or as gear goes out of stock, and we'll add new deals through the weekend as well.Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we can update, so it never hurts to check for yourself.

What Google's Fitbit Buy Means for the Future of Wearables

What Google's Fitbit Buy Means for the Future of Wearables

Not long after Fitbit launched its first tracker in 2009, the private company Jawbone, which was already a successful maker of audio products, pivoted to wearables.

Iranian Hackers Targeted a US Presidential Candidate

Iranian Hackers Targeted a US Presidential Candidate

In a 30-day stretch during August and September, Microsoft saw hackers launch 2,700 attempts to identify specific target email accounts, including those belonging to current and former US government officials, journalists, and Iranians living outside Iran.

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, and David Baser, the director of product management, noted in a blog post that the new tool “could have some impact” on Facebook’s business, but that “giving people control over their data is more important.”.

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active2 Is Its Latest Swipe at Apple

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active2 Is Its Latest Swipe at Apple

More notably, Samsung says this update includes more advanced health- and fitness-tracking options, taking aim at the biggest selling points of the fitness-forward Apple Watch.Samsung has taken a very different approach to smartwatch releases than Apple, which has introduced one new marquee wearable every fall for the past four years.

Twitter's Disinformation Data Dumps Are Helpful—to a Point

Twitter's Disinformation Data Dumps Are Helpful—to a Point

“I can see why the platforms would be hesitant,” says Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab. People who followed IRA or other state-sponsored accounts may have been manipulated, but they weren’t breaking the law or even violating Twitter’s terms of service.