A Barcode Scanner App With Millions of Downloads Goes Rogue

A Barcode Scanner App With Millions of Downloads Goes Rogue

“It is frightening that with one update an app can turn malicious while going under the radar of Google Play Protect,” Collier wrote.The researcher wrote:No, in the case of Barcode Scanner, malicious code had been added that was not in previous versions of the app.

Coffee Talk Has Become a Quiet Success in a Turbulent Year

Coffee Talk Has Become a Quiet Success in a Turbulent Year

Coffee Talk—from Toge Productions, a video game developer based in Indonesia—was released on January 29 of last year, a little more than a month before the world began to go into Covid-related lockdown.

Nice Try, Facebook. iOS Changes Aren’t Bad for Small Businesses

Nice Try, Facebook. iOS Changes Aren’t Bad for Small Businesses

Late last week, Facebook bought full-page ads in the leading national dailies contending that Apple’s new policy, which will require apps running on iOS to allow users to opt out of tracking beginning early next year, will hurt small businesses.

How Cyberpunk 2077 Sold a Promise—and Rigged the System

How Cyberpunk 2077 Sold a Promise—and Rigged the System

CD Projekt Red is a game developer, but it’s also an expectation machine.8 years of hype to launch what looks like an Early Access game.” It was not the game of the future; playing it on PC made me so nauseous that I had to Google frame rate hotfixes.

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

And while providing data for the labels is now mandatory in the iOS and macOS App Stores, it's also the developer's job to provide factual information and revise it over time.

Apple Accidentally Approved Malware to Run on MacOS

Apple Accidentally Approved Malware to Run on MacOS

Wardle notified Apple about the rogue software on August 28 and the company revoked the Shlayer notarization certificates that same day, neutering the malware anywhere that it was installed and for future downloads.

Tech Confronts Its Use of the Labels ‘Master’ and ‘Slave’

Tech Confronts Its Use of the Labels ‘Master’ and ‘Slave’

Microsoft’s GitHub , a popular software development platform with 50 million users, will replace the word “master” as the default branch name for new repositories, a spokesperson says.

Dating Apps Exposed 845GB of Explicit Photos, Chats, and More

Dating Apps Exposed 845GB of Explicit Photos, Chats, and More

And though the exposed data included limited "personally identifying information," like real names, birthdays, or email addresses, the researchers warn that a motivated hacker could have used the photos and other miscellaneous information available to identify many users.

The Last of Us Part II and Its Crisis-Strewn Path to Release

The Last of Us Part II and Its Crisis-Strewn Path to Release

It's crunch time in the offices of Naughty Dog, the storied videogame developer in Santa Monica, California.Back in the early stages of playtesting, Naughty Dog was troubleshooting the rough infrastructure of the game: how its world holds up, what people felt drawn to, where they got lost.

The Race to Save Flash Games From Internet Oblivion

The Race to Save Flash Games From Internet Oblivion

The videogame designers behind celebrated titles like Crypt of the Necrodancer, Hollow Knight, and Super Meat Boy all got their start noodling around with Flash, Fulp says.

Spot the Robot Dog Trots Into the Big, Bad World

Spot the Robot Dog Trots Into the Big, Bad World

Once they set Spot’s path by joysticking it around so it can remember the route, then they can let Spot autonomously roam the site, doing the work of a human who’d have to wander around doing the same.

The Making of Doom Is Getting a TV Show

The Making of Doom Is Getting a TV Show

This time, we've got TV, reality and otherwise, publisher disputes, and Magic: the Gathering.The Creators of Several Sherlock Holmes Games Are Having Serious Publisher Troubles.A new mystery for fans of the old detective: Where have all the Sherlock Holmes games gone?

Cuphead Update Is Being Delayed for a Very Good Reason

Cuphead Update Is Being Delayed for a Very Good Reason

In more encouraging news, the developers of Cuphead just announced a delay to that game's downloadable content, Delicious Last Course , for a very good reason.

The Biggest News You Missed at E3 So Far

The Biggest News You Missed at E3 So Far

The Biggest News You Missed at E3 So Far. Square Enix brought some gameplay footage from its upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII to E3.

Self-Driving Startup Aurora Buys Speed-Sensing Lidar Company

Self-Driving Startup Aurora Buys Speed-Sensing Lidar Company

The developer of self-driving car technology announced Thursday it’s acquiring lidar maker Blackmore , whose laser scanning tech offers the unusual and very helpful ability not just to detect nearby objects, but to discern their velocity.

This Senator Wants to Ban Videogame Loot Boxes Aimed at Kids

This Senator Wants to Ban Videogame Loot Boxes Aimed at Kids

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) plans to introduce legislation targeted at videogames with pay-to-win and loot-box monetization mechanics. This week we have loot box legislation, labor walkouts, and the return of Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford.

Enemies No More: Microsoft Brings the Linux Kernel to Windows

Enemies No More: Microsoft Brings the Linux Kernel to Windows

Before Microsoft released the first version of WSL in 2016 , developers could run Linux in a virtual machine. WSL made it possible to run many of the same tools and applications within Windows without the need for virtualization.

Watch Microsoft Build 2019 Right Here

Watch Microsoft Build 2019 Right Here

Microsoft Build, the company's annual developer conference, begins on Monday in Seattle. We're also likely to hear updates about Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing service, and the new vision for Windows.

The WIRED Guide to Open Source Software

The WIRED Guide to Open Source Software

Google open sourced its artificial intelligence engine, TensorFlow, in 2015, enabling companies and researchers to build applications using some of the same software the search giant used to create tools that search photos, recognize spoken words, and translate languages.

Supply Chain Hackers Snuck Malware Into Videogames

Supply Chain Hackers Snuck Malware Into Videogames

Now researchers at security firms Kaspersky and ESET have uncovered evidence that the same hackers who targeted Asus with that sort of supply chain hack earlier this year have also targeted three different videogame developers—this time aiming even higher upstream, corrupting the programming tools relied on by game developers.

A Fight Over Specialized Chips Threatens an Ethereum Split

A Fight Over Specialized Chips Threatens an Ethereum Split

A spokesperson for Linzhi, in an email to WIRED, called it a move to “counter Chinese supremacy in crypto.” But many critiques have centered on Minehan herself, focusing on her experience working with GPU makers and alleging that she had been paid to develop the algorithm.

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud HashiCorp cofounder Mitchell Hashimoto wrote course registration software in college so he didn't have to wake up early to sign up for classes.

A New Robo-Car Report Card Isn't Quite What It Seems

A New Robo-Car Report Card Isn't Quite What It Seems

But its many pages make clear that while the Silicon Valley hype around robocars may have cooled, progress toward the day when humans are unshackled from the steering wheel continues: The 48 autonomous vehicle developers that tested their tech on public roads collectively drove 2.05 million miles between December 2017 and November 2018, up from 500,000 the year before.

Facebook, Under Scrutiny, Pays Out Largest Bug Bounty Yet

Facebook, Under Scrutiny, Pays Out Largest Bug Bounty Yet

Facebook wanted to make it clear that researchers shouldn't breach user data in the process of finding problems, but they should submit more nuanced types of data misuse reports whenever it was possible to document these complex interactions safely.Striking this balance is more challenging than it may initially seem, according to Alex Rice, CTO of the bug bounty development organization HackerOne. Rice consulted on Facebook's bug bounty when it launched in 2011, and says he was impressed to see it expand to accept privacy and third-party reports this year.

The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft's Xbox Empire—And Went Too Far

The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft's Xbox Empire—And Went Too Far

There was one hacker, however, who lucked into a mother lode of 360 dev kits and whose eagerness to profit off his good fortune would help Pokora ascend to the top of the Xbox scene.Meet the cast of characters behind the Xbox Underground.Gifted Canadian hacker and the brains of the Xbox Underground.Programmer who made millions by tricking FIFA Soccer into minting virtual coins.Australian teenage hacker who turned reckless as the FBI closed in.Pokora's friend in Delaware, arrested in 2010 for trying to steal a game's source code.Abruptly vanished from the Xbox hacking scene, causing widespread paranoia.Owner of a hacked modem that he used to help the Xbox Underground steal software.III.

Haunting Images of the World's Most Polluted Environments

Haunting Images of the World's Most Polluted Environments

The work will also be showcased in complementary museum exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada, both opening September 28.“Anthropocene” is a term coined by Nobel-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen in 2000 to describe what he and some other scientists consider a new era in world history, an epoch beginning with the Industrial Revolution and characterized by mankind’s permanent alteration of the natural world.“For the last 12,000 years we’ve been in the Holocene epoch, which followed the last ice age and saw the development of human civilization,” Burtynsky explains.