3 Animals Hurt By the New Endangered Species Act

3 Animals Hurt By the New Endangered Species Act

Several unique animals, including the North American wolverine, the northern spotted owl and the American burying beetle, demonstrate how the changes could hamper species protection.

You'll Get Your Equifax Money. It Just Might Take a While

You'll Get Your Equifax Money. It Just Might Take a While

But Rotenberg notes that without a comprehensive data breach response plan within the federal government, a settlement like Equifax's may not have been much more effective even with an FTC fine.

John Ratcliffe Is a Dangerous Pick for Director of National Intelligence

John Ratcliffe Is a Dangerous Pick for Director of National Intelligence

The news Sunday that Trump planned to tap representative John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as director of national intelligence, replacing former senator Dan Coats, left many even on Capitol Hill scratching their heads: Who?

Public Transit Agencies Think Rewards Programs Can Bring Back Riders

Public Transit Agencies Think Rewards Programs Can Bring Back Riders

Capitalizing on the spread of smartphones and mobile ticketing systems, which make personalized rewards much easier to administer, transit officials around the country are preparing for your daily commute to score you complimentary drinks, gift certificates, even free rides.

The Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 So Far

The Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 So Far

In March, following a research report from the threat intelligence firm Kaspersky, computer maker Asus disclosed a supply chain attack sometime in the second half of 2018 that had compromised the company's Live Update tool to push malware to almost 1 million customers.

NASA Needs to Out-Crazy Elon Musk

NASA Needs to Out-Crazy Elon Musk

On July 20, I will celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s moon landing with my mother, an astronomer at Princeton University and the former chief scientist of NASA ’s Space Telescope Science Institute.

Hackers Stole a Border Agency Database of Traveler Photos

Hackers Stole a Border Agency Database of Traveler Photos

While CBP says "none of the image data has been identified on the Dark Web or internet,” the dump of hacked Perceptics data just a few short weeks ago doesn’t give much confidence that this breach is contained, or will stay that way.

Why Net Neutrality Advocates Remain Optimistic

Why Net Neutrality Advocates Remain Optimistic

“There is great power in us,” said Rosenworcel, one of two FCC members who in 2017 voted against repealing the Obama-era rules that prohibited internet service providers from intentionally slowing or blocking web traffic.

The Danger in Assange’s Charges, a Memory Experiment, and More News

The Danger in Assange’s Charges, a Memory Experiment, and More News

New charges against Julian Assange threaten all of the press, scientists have figured out how to alter emotional memories, and Memorial Day is coming. New charges unveiled by the Justice Department against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange paint a troublesome picture for him—and for all journalists.

Why a T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Be Bad for the Public

Why a T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Be Bad for the Public

Given that at a minimum 6 percent of all Americans and nearly 25 percent of rural residents don’t have either fixed or mobile broadband coverage today, these numbers appear to be nothing more than an enticement for the Trump FCC to declare a fake victory in the so-called race to 5G.Pai also points favorably to the companies’ vow not to raise prices on its services for three years after the merger is consummated.

Google's $399 iPhone Killer, A Bold CIA Privacy Move, and More News

Google's $399 iPhone Killer, A Bold CIA Privacy Move, and More News

Google unveiled a $399 phone, the CIA is making friends with anonymity, and we've got some kids tips to boot. Google announced some new phones.

The CIA Sets Up Shop on Tor, the Anonymous Internet

The CIA Sets Up Shop on Tor, the Anonymous Internet

The anonymity service has been open source since its public release in 2002, and it transitioned to being overseen by a nonprofit, dubbed the Tor Project, in 2006.It can seem confusing at first that the US government would fund the creation of a tool that has since been used by criminals and foreign governments to conduct secret operations.

The Strange Journey of an NSA Zero-Day Vulnerability—Into Multiple Enemies' Hands

The Strange Journey of an NSA Zero-Day Vulnerability—Into Multiple Enemies' Hands

Most notably, Symantec says the Chinese group's hacking had planted an NSA backdoor on the network of its victims using a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft's Server Message Block or SMB software, also seemingly learned by studying the NSA's hacking tools.

Sunscreen Chemicals Soak All the Way Into Your Bloodstream

Sunscreen Chemicals Soak All the Way Into Your Bloodstream

When new research emerged in the late ’90s and early 2000s suggesting that UV-blocking ingredients in chemical-based sunscreens could be absorbed into the human body, the agency began to ask any companies bringing new molecules to market to include such data in their safety studies.

What’s Known About the SpaceX Crew Dragon Accident

What’s Known About the SpaceX Crew Dragon Accident

During a series of engine tests of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft this past Saturday, the vehicle experienced what the company has characterized as an "anomaly."

Filing Your Taxes? Watch Out for Phishing Scams

Filing Your Taxes? Watch Out for Phishing Scams

The domains target a large pool of potential victims: More than 135 million Americans filed their taxes electronically last year, according to the IRS.Louise Matsakis covers cybersecurity, law, and internet culture for WIRED.Lookout discovered that tax scammers start early: Dozens of these websites were created in December, right around the time people begin receiving their W-2 forms.

Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So

Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So

About 22 percent of Estonians work for the government; that’s about average for European countries, but higher than the 18 percent rate in the US.Siim Sikkut, Estonia’s chief information officer, began piloting several AI-based projects at agencies in 2017, before hiring Velsberg last year.

FEMA Leaked Data From 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

FEMA Leaked Data From 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

On Friday, FEMA publicly acknowledged a Homeland Security Department Office of the Inspector General report that the emergency response agency wrongly shared personal data from 2.3 million disaster survivors with a temporary-housing-related contractor.

NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

But one thing was certain: on Orion’s first foray beyond Earth, a crew-less capsule would complete a six-day circuit of the moon; that’s the mission Bridenstine now says could launch atop a commercial rocket.

Fiat Chrysler Hit by Emissions Again With US Recall of 863,000 Cars

Fiat Chrysler Hit by Emissions Again With US Recall of 863,000 Cars

Block said the new strategy is meant to “increase consumer awareness and make it more likely vehicles are fixed.” The recall is beginning two months after Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay about $800 million in fines and costs to settle lawsuits brought by states, car owners and the U.S. Justice Department, which said the company’s diesel-powered pickups and SUVs violated clean-air rules.

Boeing's Grounded 737s Won't Cause Massive Flight Delays

Boeing's Grounded 737s Won't Cause Massive Flight Delays

That may sound like a lot of airplanes—but American Airlines alone operates almost 1,000 passenger jets. And unlike what happens when there is, say, a freak snowstorm or computer outage, most airlines should have time to reach out to customers scheduled to fly on the Boeing 737 MAX in the coming days and weeks.

How the FAA Decides When to Ground a Jet Like Boeing’s 737 MAX 8

How the FAA Decides When to Ground a Jet Like Boeing’s 737 MAX 8

“The FAA looks at all of this information and decides, ‘OK, if it’s just likely that there's a significant problem here, it doesn’t matter what the cost to the traveling public is—we have to put safety first and ground this aircraft,’” Balog says.

Trump's Budget Guts Science Agencies—But Favors the Moon

Trump's Budget Guts Science Agencies—But Favors the Moon

Trump's Budget Guts Science Agencies—But Favors the Moon Trump's budget would cut the Environmental Protection Agency's science and technology programs by 40 percent, while research on climate change science would drop from $95 million to $32 million.

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.

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

In addition to the proposed regulations on product ingredients, the FDA is also asking manufacturers to submit more data on new forms of sunscreen, like SPF powders, wipes, body washes, and shampoos, before determining if those too are safe.

Ford Fesses Up on Emissions Early in Effort to Limit the Damage

Ford Fesses Up on Emissions Early in Effort to Limit the Damage

It’s too early in the investigation to say that.” Regulator Reaction The EPA said Ford informed the agency on Monday and briefed the regulator on its initial findings the following day.

The Government's New Weather Model Faces a Storm of Protest

The Government's New Weather Model Faces a Storm of Protest

For the past few weeks, the National Weather Service has been forecasting snowfall that ends up disappearing, according to Doug Kammerer, chief meteorologist at WRC-TV in Washington, DC.

What It Takes to Pull Off the Country's First Online Census

What It Takes to Pull Off the Country's First Online Census

And yet, thanks to years of budget cuts and a series of scaled-back field tests, some fear the Census Bureau and the broader US government are ill-equipped to handle any new issues that could arise as a result of the high-tech census, particularly at a time when hackers and propagandists seem to be working overtime to undermine American institutions.

The Shutdown Shows Just How Vital Government Scientists Are

The Shutdown Shows Just How Vital Government Scientists Are

"Important work is not getting done." President Trump says he will not sign legislation to operate large chunks of the federal government unless Democrats agree to approve more than $5.7 billion for a wall along the Mexican border.

The FCC Is Closing, So Hold Your Cell Phone Service Gripes

The FCC Is Closing, So Hold Your Cell Phone Service Gripes

The FCC will continue to auction off rights to use the wireless spectrum during the shutdown because those auctions are funded by the auctions themselves.