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.

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

On Thursday, as Florida began its Phase 2 reopening, the state’s department of health reported 1,419 new coronavirus cases—its biggest single-day spike since the pandemic arrived in the state.

The Hypocrisy of Mike Pompeo

The Hypocrisy of Mike Pompeo

As a Tea Party, Koch-backed member of Congress, he built his political reputation almost solely on two issues: lambasting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Benghazi attack and her email server, and more broadly, attacking the Obama administration’s Iran deal at every turn.

Elon Musk Defies Lockdown Orders and Reopens Tesla's Factory

Elon Musk Defies Lockdown Orders and Reopens Tesla's Factory

In a statement, Alameda County Public Health Department spokesperson Neetu Balram said the department was aware Tesla had restarted production, but that it hoped the company would comply with public health orders “without further enforcement measures.” Balram said Tesla was due to submit a site-specific plan to reopen on Monday.

Does It Matter That the DOD Released Those UFO Videos?

Does It Matter That the DOD Released Those UFO Videos?

On Monday, the US Department of Defense officially released three videos depicting encounters between Navy pilots and unidentified aerial phenomena .

The Pentagon Hasn't Fixed Basic Cybersecurity Blind Spots

The Pentagon Hasn't Fixed Basic Cybersecurity Blind Spots

Now a new report from the Government Accountability Office is highlighting systemic shortcomings in the Pentagon's efforts to prioritize cybersecurity at every level and making seven recommendations for shoring up DoD's digital defenses.

The Real Reason Veterinarians Gave a Tiger a Covid-19 Test

The Real Reason Veterinarians Gave a Tiger a Covid-19 Test

We ran lots of tests, panels for normal domestic cat infectious diseases.” Although the Covid-19 pandemic had hit humans living in areas around the zoo hard, it wasn’t initially assumed to be the likely culprit.

The 'Robo Revenge' App Makes It Easy to Sue Robocallers

The 'Robo Revenge' App Makes It Easy to Sue Robocallers

The company has put a $50 million infusion towards building out features that make it not just secure, but accessible to normals .A Clever New App Makes Suing Robocallers a CinchThe good people at DoNotPay have previously automated the arduous processes of fighting parking tickets and canceling subscriptions.

AI License Plate Readers Are Cheaper—So Drive Carefully

AI License Plate Readers Are Cheaper—So Drive Carefully

Ruehle says the new software is significantly more accurate than his department's conventional ALPR system, correctly reading plates about 97 percent of the time, compared with about 80 percent for the older technology.

A Sony Concept, Flying Taxis, and More Car News This Week

A Sony Concept, Flying Taxis, and More Car News This Week

The Department of Transportation rolled out a new policy on self-driving cars that’s mostly a continuation of what it’s doing now.A provocative concept car from Sony , of all companies, seems to prove that infotainment is going to keep being super important in the automotive space.

Please Stop Sending Terrifying Alerts to My Cell Phone

Please Stop Sending Terrifying Alerts to My Cell Phone

Blue Alerts are mass notifications, now used in 35 states, that are sent to mobile phones and flashed on electronic highway signs when a suspect on the loose is thought to be an “imminent and credible threat to law enforcement.” The hope is that pinging the public will lead to tips for the police, and then a speedier capture.

How the US Prepares Its Embassies for Potential Attacks

How the US Prepares Its Embassies for Potential Attacks

The DSS deploys its special agents to almost 300 embassies and consulates globally, in addition to facilities in the United States.

Now the Courts Will Decide Whether Uber Drivers Are Employees

Now the Courts Will Decide Whether Uber Drivers Are Employees

Vermont’s Department of Labor wrote in a 2017 bulletin that the “usual course of [Uber]’s business is the provision of a technology platform to its drivers, in exchange for a service fee.” But one federal judge in California called the distinction between technology and transportation company “fatally flawed.” (Uber settled that lawsuit by workers in March 2019, for $20 million.).

15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Were Breached

15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Were Breached

After months of scandals around the security camera Ring and its controversial partnerships with law enforcement , perhaps it was inevitable that the Amazon-owned company would face a far more common sort of scandal for sellers of internet-connected consumer surveillance devices: They can be hacked.

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.

Burglars Really Do Use Bluetooth Scanners to Find Laptops and Phones

Burglars Really Do Use Bluetooth Scanners to Find Laptops and Phones

A recent rise in laptop and gadget thefts from cars, particularly in San Francisco and the larger Bay Area, has left victims and police wondering if burglars are using Bluetooth scanners to choose target cars based on which have gadgets inside emitting wireless signals.

Facebook's Logo Gets a Face-Lift

Facebook's Logo Gets a Face-Lift

Another blog post on the company’s design hub goes into more detail about how the team used “custom typography, rounded corners, open tracking and capitalization to create visual distinction between the company and the app.” This apparent faith in the world-changing power of a good font will be familiar to anyone who has ever read a design brief.

Microsoft Is the Surprise Winner of a $10B Pentagon Contract

Microsoft Is the Surprise Winner of a $10B Pentagon Contract

Amazon was seen as the favorite because it dominates the cloud computing market, and already had major government contracts, including with the CIA .

The Internet’s Horrifying Way to Get Google Apps on Huawei Phones

The Internet’s Horrifying Way to Get Google Apps on Huawei Phones

Unfortunately, none of these methods work on the Mate 30 Pro. They rely on either an unlocked bootloader, which allows users to flash Google apps to the normally read-only system partition, or on "stub apps" left in the system partition by the device manufacturer specifically for the Google apps, so sideloaded versions can get the system-level permissions they need to work.

'Simjacker' Attack Can Track Phones Just by Sending a Text

'Simjacker' Attack Can Track Phones Just by Sending a Text

The good news is that the so-called Simjacker attack revealed this week by AdaptiveMobile Security doesn't appear to affect the major US carriers.The Treasury Department this week leveled sanctions against three North Korean hacking groups, including the Lazarus Group, a team thought responsible for the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures and other major targets.

281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested in Massive Global Sweep

281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested in Massive Global Sweep

The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of 281 suspects in connection with email scams and wire transfer fraud.Tuesday's law enforcement initiative, dubbed Operation reWired, involved extensive international coordination to make 167 arrests in Nigeria, 74 in the United States, 18 in Turkey, and 15 in Ghana.

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

Monday, the attorneys general of 48 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, said they had begun an investigation of whether Google is abusing its power as the dominant provider of internet search.

Trump Administration Says Carmakers’ California Pact Is Illegal

Trump Administration Says Carmakers’ California Pact Is Illegal

Separately, the Justice Department has opened an antitrust probe into the deal, in which four automakers reached a pact on compromise tailpipe emissions with California, defying federal regulators, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Swatting Is a Deadly Problem—Here's the Solution

Swatting Is a Deadly Problem—Here's the Solution

Third, a Seattle resident who is, Whitcomb says, “a well-known internet celebrity” reached out to Whitcomb, asking if there was anything the police department could do to ensure they weren’t swatted.

The $26.5B T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Moves a Big Step Forward

The $26.5B T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Moves a Big Step Forward

Justice Department officials said they approved the deal after they were convinced that the sale of Sprint’s so-called prepaid business, which includes the Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands, and portions of Sprint’s wireless spectrum, would help Dish create a viable network.

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon is so new, and so dramatic in its speed and scale and aggression, that we can easily forget how many of the things it’s doing are actually very old. Amazon is systematically going through every branch of the idea tree around what retail is, and doing it without any pride.

The Latest Charges Against Julian Assange Are an Assault on Press Freedom

The Latest Charges Against Julian Assange Are an Assault on Press Freedom

Unlike the previous indictment—which focused narrowly on an apparent offer to help crack a password —the 17 superseding counts focus instead on alleged violations of the Espionage Act. In doing so, the DOJ has aimed a battering ram at the freedom of the press , whether you think Assange is a journalist or not.

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.

How Huawei Might Handle the Latest US Sanctions

How Huawei Might Handle the Latest US Sanctions

On Monday, the US government agreed to a 90-day exception to the export restrictions that allow Huawei to deal with US companies to support existing products. Even without the 90-day exemption, Huawei will still be able to use Google's open source Android operating system for its phones.

Indictment Alleges Who Hacked Anthem, but Not Why

Indictment Alleges Who Hacked Anthem, but Not Why

“More than 90 percent of the department’s cases alleging economic espionage over the past seven years involve China,” then-deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said in a December press conference announcing a wave of indictments that specifically tied hackers to the Chinese government.