Chinese Scientists Try to Cure One Man's HIV With Crispr

Chinese Scientists Try to Cure One Man's HIV With Crispr

He would be eligible to participate in the first-ever clinical trial to assess the safety of trying to cure both the cancer and the infection in a single procedure using the gene-editing tool called Crispr .In July of 2017, doctors in Beijing blasted the patient with chemicals and radiation to wipe out his bone marrow, making space for millions of stem cells they then pumped into his body through an IV.

Ex-Uber Engineer Levandowski Charged With Trade-Secret Theft

Ex-Uber Engineer Levandowski Charged With Trade-Secret Theft

Former Waymo and Uber self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski —regarded by many as a father of the fledgling autonomous vehicle industry—was indicted Tuesday on 33 federal charges of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets.

An Operating System Bug Exposes 200 Million Critical Devices

An Operating System Bug Exposes 200 Million Critical Devices

But the Armis researchers, who first disclosed their findings to Wind River in March, say that the patching process will be long and difficult, as is often the case with IoT and critical infrastructure updates .

The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop

The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop

In the case of the pedophile scandal, YouTube's AI was actively recommending suggestive videos of children to users who were most likely to engage with those videos. The feedback loop works like this: (1) People who spend more time on the platforms have a greater impact on recommendation systems.

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

And unlike the kinds of DNA technologies police have been using for decades to match crime scene samples to suspects, the genetic profiles generated for genealogy purposes hold a lot more information—including sensitive health information .Defense attorney Rachel Forde discusses evidence in the trial of William Talbott, who was found guilty Friday for the 1987 slayings of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg.

He Cyberstalked Teen Girls for Years—Then They Fought Back

He Cyberstalked Teen Girls for Years—Then They Fought Back

In the spring of 2012, after Moulton had been promoted to detective, a student from Belmont High walked into the police station and told Moulton that someone she hadn’t met and knew only as Seth Williams had been texting and hounding her for naked photos.

Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds

Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds

On January 8, 2017, the Senate subcommittee released its final report, titled “’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking.” It pushed the theory that Lacey, Larkin, Ferrer, and their employees had invalidated their liability protections under Section 230: Rather than removing illegal and obscene content, the Senate said, Backpage had helped develop it, using clever moderation practices to “sanitize the content” and conceal it from the eyes of the law—all in the name of earning a few extra dollars.

Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method

Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method

Deputy prosecutor Justin Harleman described the groundbreaking forensic technique to the jury Friday, including how a genetic profile of crime scene DNA was uploaded to a public genealogy database.

Men in Black: International Disappoints at the Box Office

Men in Black: International Disappoints at the Box Office

Thor: Ragnarok costars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson star in Men in Black: International. Today, we've got some sad news from the box office and some good news about Steven Spielberg's West Side Story movie.

A Murder Trial Will Allow DNA Evidence From a Genealogy Site

A Murder Trial Will Allow DNA Evidence From a Genealogy Site

But new information in the stipulation agreement filed in court today reveals that the upload to GEDmatch occurred before the site changed its policy on May 20, 2018.According to the document, Detective Scharf asked Parabon to use genetic genealogy to help identify a possible source of the crime scene DNA on April 26, 2018, a day after authorities in California announced they’d used the technique in the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer .

The First Murder Case to Use Family Tree Forensics Goes to Trial

The First Murder Case to Use Family Tree Forensics Goes to Trial

To crack a 32-year-old murder case, police used genetic genealogy, which involves searching family tree sites and the DNA that people add to them.

Congress Is Debating—Again—Whether Genes Can Be Patented

Congress Is Debating—Again—Whether Genes Can Be Patented

"They’re saying it can be hard to figure out what is an abstract idea, what is a law of nature, what do we mean when we say ‘natural phenomena’?” This bill creates a clarified legal test for how patent evaluators should determine those things in place of Supreme Court precedence.

A Push to Protect Political Campaigns from Hackers Hits a Snag

A Push to Protect Political Campaigns from Hackers Hits a Snag

Now, the United States Federal Election Commission may apply the same laws to block a cybersecurity firm from offering free or low-cost defense services to campaigns, at a time when those protections are badly needed .During the 2016 US presidential election, Russian hackers not only threatened election networks and voting systems, but wreaked havoc by targeting campaigns and political parties, particularly the Democratic National Committee, and leaking troves of sensitive data.

Political Parties Still Have Cybersecurity Hygiene Problems

Political Parties Still Have Cybersecurity Hygiene Problems

Issie Lapowsky covers the intersection of tech, politics, and national affairs for WIRED.In the US, both the DNC and the RNC have worked to fortify their technical infrastructure since 2016, and, based on SecurityScorecard's findings from 2016, it shows, Casey says.

Boosted’s Rev Might Make You Want to Ditch Scooter Share

Boosted’s Rev Might Make You Want to Ditch Scooter Share

According to Boosted, the company that makes those popular orange-wheeled electric skateboards , you can fix everything people hate about electric scooters by switching from a share model to an ownership model.

WhatsApp Was Hacked, Your Computer Was Exposed, and More News

WhatsApp Was Hacked, Your Computer Was Exposed, and More News

Hackers got into pretty much everything, and Amazon is paying employees to quit. The NSO Group, an Israeli spy firm, injected malware onto targeted phones in order to steal data by simply placing a phone call.

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Apple in Antitrust Case

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Apple in Antitrust Case

Pepper, the Supreme Court ruled that App Store customers have standing to sue the company for antitrust violations. Apple argued that App Store customers technically buy apps from third-party developers and have no direct purchasing relationship with Apple, and therefore no standing to seek damages from the company.

The Law Being Used to Prosecute Julian Assange Is Broken

The Law Being Used to Prosecute Julian Assange Is Broken

Now the UK courts will evaluate the US’s request to send Assange to Virginia to stand trial in federal court for a single felony charge of conspiracy to commit unauthorized access to a government computer, a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

A Mysterious Hacker Group Is On a Supply Chain Hijacking Spree

A Mysterious Hacker Group Is On a Supply Chain Hijacking Spree

By breaking into a developer's network and hiding malicious code within apps and software updates that users trust, supply chain hijackers can smuggle their malware onto hundreds of thousands—or millions—of computers in a single operation, without the slightest sign of foul play.

Facebook Bans Extremists, Jakarta Is Drowning, and More News

Facebook Bans Extremists, Jakarta Is Drowning, and More News

Facebook Bans Extremists, Jakarta Is Drowning, and More News. Facebook took down some conspiracy theorists, Indonesia has to move its capital because of climate change, and Mother's Day is coming.

When Coding Is Criminal

When Coding Is Criminal

That same year, the SEC filed its first charges against a blockchain company, related to the issuance of an ICO.In Chicago, the case against Thakkar hinged largely on the testimony of Navinder Sarao, the British futures trader blamed for the 2010 crash.

Feds Rule That One Company’s Gig Workers Are Contractors

Feds Rule That One Company’s Gig Workers Are Contractors

On Monday, the US Department of Labor hinted at an answer, writing in a letter to one gig-economy company that its workers are, in fact, independent contractors.

How to Avoid Avengers: Endgame Spoilers Online

How to Avoid Avengers: Endgame Spoilers Online

From there, go to Muted words , click Add , and start entering Endgame -related phrases one at a time. There are some tools, like Twitter's mute or Facebook's relatively new Keyword Snooze, that can help you traipse through the minefields, but in general, try to stay off your phone as much as possible.

The Meteoric Rise of Family Tree Forensics to Fight Crimes

The Meteoric Rise of Family Tree Forensics to Fight Crimes

In the year since, the method has been used to solve more than 50 additional cold cases, spawning a lucrative new forensic science industry, spurring the creation of dedicated family tree-building police units, and raising a host of genetic privacy concerns.

The Physics of a Bolt Smashing a Watermelon (or Your Brain)

The Physics of a Bolt Smashing a Watermelon (or Your Brain)

If the bolt hit a hard surface and stopped in a super short period of time, the impact force would be much larger than if it hit a soft surface (soft like a watermelon head).

Estimate the Pulling Force of Boston Dynamics' Robo-Dog Army

Estimate the Pulling Force of Boston Dynamics' Robo-Dog Army

That's pretty close to the estimated friction from the robot dogs (maybe my values for the coefficients are off).What about pulling a truck uphill? They also have a decrease in the frictional force needed to pull the truck up the incline.

The Time Tim Cook Stood His Ground Against the FBI

The Time Tim Cook Stood His Ground Against the FBI

At 4:30 a.m., just in time for the morning news cycle on the East Coast, Cook published an open letter to Apple customers explaining why the company would be opposing the ruling, which “threatens the security of our customers.” He referenced the danger that could come from the government having too much power: “The implications of the government’s demands are chilling,” he wrote.

Why a (Very Bad and Unsafe!) Playground Stunt Sends Folks Flying

Why a (Very Bad and Unsafe!) Playground Stunt Sends Folks Flying

This says that the farther you are from the center of the rotating merry-go-round, the greater the acceleration.

Security News This Week: Julian Assange Faces Extradition to the US

Security News This Week: Julian Assange Faces Extradition to the US

As Motherboard points out, WIRED included Dread Pirate Roberts 2 on a list of Dark Web drug lords who got away in 2015, but it turns out that he was arrested in November 2014; the case just didn't attract notice because UK media law prevented reporting on it before its conclusion.

Breaking Down the Hacking Case Against Julian Assange

Breaking Down the Hacking Case Against Julian Assange

Ekeland also points out that to expand the statute of limitations for the CFAA from the normal five years to the necessary eight in this case, given the indictment's date of March 2018, the Justice Department is charging Assange under a statute that labels his alleged hacking an "act of terrorism."