The Biggest DDoS Attack in History Hit Russian Tech Giant Yandex

The Biggest DDoS Attack in History Hit Russian Tech Giant Yandex

The Russian tech giant Yandex said this week that in August and September it was hit with the internet's largest-ever recorded distributed denial-of-service or DDoS attack.

California Man Stole 620,000 iCloud Photos in Search of Nudes

California Man Stole 620,000 iCloud Photos in Search of Nudes

Razer said it's going to vix the vulnerability, but it speaks to broader concerns around similar software that relies on the Windows "plug-and-play" set-up.📩 The latest on tech, science, and more: Get our newsletters !When the next animal plague hits, can this lab stop it.

Our Favorite Photography Backpack is $50 Off

Our Favorite Photography Backpack is $50 Off

It's our top backpack recommendation in our roundup of the Best Camera Bags .The bag usually costs $170, but through the end of the day on March 31, you can enter code BESTBACKPACK to get $50 off, making your total $120 shipped.

The Feds Want You to Destroy This Sneaky Mussel’s Hiding Spot

The Feds Want You to Destroy This Sneaky Mussel’s Hiding Spot

That’s how Wesley Daniel, the database coordinator and a fisheries biologist at the USGS, recently learned that a zebra mussel had turned up on an imported moss ball in a Seattle Petco.

A Quarter of Known Bee Species Haven’t Been Seen Since 1990

A Quarter of Known Bee Species Haven’t Been Seen Since 1990

“With citizen science and the ability to share data, records are going up exponentially, but the number of species reported in these records is going down,” said Eduardo Zattara, the lead author and a biologist from the Universidad Nacional del Comahue and Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council.

A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit

A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit

On May 18, Kristin Tynski dropped a link into the Reddit community r/privacy: “I scraped court records to find dirty cops.” Tynski, who owns a marketing firm, had collected the public police records in Palm Beach County, where she lives, and wrote up her findings on data like traffic citations and race.

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

One of those documents, the first to be made public in June 2013, revealed that the NSA was tracking billions of telephone calls made by Americans inside the US.

Now’s The Perfect Time to Start Using a Password Manager

Now’s The Perfect Time to Start Using a Password Manager

And yes, the best password managers cost money (although some good ones are free , or have a free tier), but consider this: The cost of a password manager is likely less than you'd spend trying to recover a breached account that contains all of your personal data, or what you'd spend on a subscription to an identity theft service.

Adult Cam Site CAM4 Exposed 10.88 Billion Records Online

Adult Cam Site CAM4 Exposed 10.88 Billion Records Online

“Leaving their production server publicly exposed without any password,” says Safety Detectives researcher Anurag Sen, whose team discovered the leak, “it’s really dangerous to the users and to the company.”.

Birds that Carry Lit Candles & The Importance of Avian Innovation

Birds that Carry Lit Candles & The Importance of Avian Innovation

It may seem like a bit of conjecture – avian innovations resulting in species longevity – but Simon Ducatez, a post-doctoral researcher in Barcelona and McGill University and Louis Lefebvre, a Canadian professor of biology at McGill, have arrived at the conclusion scientifically.

The Irishman Gets De-Aging Right—No Tracking Dots Necessary

The Irishman Gets De-Aging Right—No Tracking Dots Necessary

At the time, he had been prepping a Frank Sinatra biopic, and he and Helman were talking shop about how to have one actor play a person at many phases of their life.

The 25 Most Dangerous Vulnerabilities, According to DHS

The 25 Most Dangerous Vulnerabilities, According to DHS

Security researcher Oliver Hough found a database with information related to 51,000 customer service interactions, which included some personally identifiable information and full online chats.

Scientist pieces together details of underwater landslides

Scientist pieces together details of underwater landslides

New information about landslides that occur on the seafloor off New Zealand’s east coast will help scientists better understand why and where they happen, and the types of threats they pose.

The Real ID Is Nearly Here, and You Can’t Fly Home Without It

The Real ID Is Nearly Here, and You Can’t Fly Home Without It

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation decried the Real ID as a subversive way to create a national ID, because the original plan called for creating a database of licenses across the 50 states.

How a 'NULL' License Plate Landed One Hacker in Ticket Hell

How a 'NULL' License Plate Landed One Hacker in Ticket Hell

Tartaro next turned to the DMV, which he says worked with the Citation Processing Center to void out the bulk of tickets that had errantly come his way.

When Open Source Software Comes With a Few Catches

When Open Source Software Comes With a Few Catches

Taking a slightly different tack, MongoDB relicensed its flagship database product last year under a new "Server Side Public License" (SSPL) that requires companies that sell the database system as a cloud service also release the source code of any additional software they include.

A Plan to Stop Breaches With Dead Simple Database Encryption

A Plan to Stop Breaches With Dead Simple Database Encryption

That means MongoDB itself and cloud providers won't be able to access customer data, and a database's administrators or remote managers don't need to have access to everything either.

Cryptocurrency Company Hacks Itself Before Hackers Can Hack It

Cryptocurrency Company Hacks Itself Before Hackers Can Hack It

Security News This Week: Cryptocurrency Company Hacks Itself Before Hackers Can Hack It. Alyssa Walker. But Microsoft took the rare step this week of reversing course on some of its initiatives, deleting a database of 10 million images built from publicly available shots of 100,000 notable people.

Platforms Want Centralized Censorship. That Should Scare You

Platforms Want Centralized Censorship. That Should Scare You

Responding to many questions about the speed of their reaction and the continued availability of the shooting video, several companies published posts or gave interviews that revealed new information about their content moderation efforts and capacity to respond to such a high-profile incident. The post-Christchurch push for centralizing censorship goes well beyond the GIFCT hash database.

Third-Party Apps Exposed Over 540 Million Facebook Records

Third-Party Apps Exposed Over 540 Million Facebook Records

According to UpGuard, one of the exposed databases belonged to a Mexican company called Cultura Colectiva, which used Amazon cloud services to store some 146 gigabytes of data, including 540 million different records.

Scientists Reveal Ancient Social Networks Using AI—and X-Rays

Scientists Reveal Ancient Social Networks Using AI—and X-Rays

The project is part of a recent trend in the last few years, where more historians have been trying to use data science to mine new information out of old texts.

Here's What It's Like to Accidentally Expose the Data of 230M People

Here's What It's Like to Accidentally Expose the Data of 230M People

"As you can imagine," Hardigree says, "I went into panic mode." The day before that scrum, WIRED had revealed that Exactis exposed a database of 340 million records on the open internet, as first spotted by an independent security researcher named Vinny Troia.

Security News This Week: The US Tracked Journalists Reporting on the Migrant Caravan

Security News This Week: The US Tracked Journalists Reporting on the Migrant Caravan

After the Migrant Caravan, the US Gov Tracked Journalists and Activists According to documents obtained by the local NBC 7 news station in San Diego, the US government has reportedly created a secret database to track journalists, activists, and at least one lawyer.

An Email Marketing Company Left 809 Million Records Exposed Online

An Email Marketing Company Left 809 Million Records Exposed Online

"This is just another case where someone has my data, and hundreds of millions of other people’s data, and I’ve absolutely no idea how they got it." Security Researcher Troy Hunt In the exposed database, the researchers also found some of what appear to be Verifications.io’s own internal tools like test email accounts, hundreds of SMTP (email sending) servers, the text of emails, anti-spam evasion infrastructure, keywords to avoid, and IP addresses to blacklist.

An Email Marketing Company Left 809 Million Records Exposed Online

An Email Marketing Company Left 809 Million Records Exposed Online

Last week, security researchers Bob Diachenko and Vinny Troia discovered an unprotected, publicly accessible MongoDB database containing 150 gigabytes-worth of detailed, plaintext marketing data—including 763 million unique email addresses. The database, owned by the "email validation" firm Verifications.io, was taken offline the same day Diachenko reported it to the company.

A Google Chrome Extension Will Save You From Unsafe Passwords

A Google Chrome Extension Will Save You From Unsafe Passwords

A Google Chrome Extension Will Save You From Unsafe Passwords Casey Chin Data breaches that compromise people's usernames and passwords have become so common, and used in crime for so long, that millions of stolen credential pairs have actually become practically worthless to criminals, circulating online for free.

Handwritten files provide sediment treasure chest

Handwritten files provide sediment treasure chest

Dr Bostock first started work on the database 10 years ago when she was looking for information for a project that required her to look up archived paper files dating back to the 1970s and then digitise them.

Introducing the online guide to the World Development Indicators: A new way to discover data on development

Introducing the online guide to the World Development Indicators: A new way to discover data on development

The goal is to provide a useful, easily accessible guide to the database and make it easy for users to discover what type of indicators are available, how they’re collected, and how they can be visualized to analyze development trends.

How Our Biological Clock Could Dictate Medical Treatments

How Our Biological Clock Could Dictate Medical Treatments

(The gold-standard test, the dim light melatonin onset assay, or DLMO for short, involves closely monitoring a patient's melatonin levels by sitting them in a dimly lit room and collecting their spit or blood every 30 minutes for a day or more.) And second, it's not always easy or practical to tell which therapies would benefit most from optimally timed administration.This week, researchers announced advances that confront both those issues: A simple blood test that researchers say could help infer a person's circadian rhythm, and a database of clock genes that encode targets for thousands of existing drugs.