The Woman Bulldozing Video Games’ Toughest DRM

The Woman Bulldozing Video Games’ Toughest DRM

Atari used the DRM software SecuROM—also present in hits like BioShock, Mass Effect and Spore—to protect Test Drive Unlimited 2 from pirates, but it kept presenting problems for players trying to buy the game on Steam.Empress found a cracked, or DRM-disabled, version of Test Drive Unlimited 2 thanks to the piracy group Prophet.

A Windows Defender Vulnerability Lurked Undetected for 12 Years

A Windows Defender Vulnerability Lurked Undetected for 12 Years

The flaw, discovered by researchers at the security firm SentinelOne, showed up in a driver that Windows Defender—renamed Microsoft Defender last year—uses to delete the invasive files and infrastructure that malware can create.

How to Get Great Tech Support—From Home

How to Get Great Tech Support—From Home

Thank God. When I left my corporate advertising job to freelance full-time from my home near Philadelphia, I luxuriated in the freedom of being my own boss, but I quickly discovered that some needs can’t be satisfied solo.

Copyright Law Is Bricking Your Game Console. Time to Fix That

Copyright Law Is Bricking Your Game Console. Time to Fix That

At Replay’d, Harwell’s Boston repair and game shop, one out of every 10 customers brings in a console with a broken optical drive.Next week, with the help of Public Knowledge and our fellow advocates for Right to Repair, iFixit will ask the US Copyright Office to make fixing consoles, along with other software-enabled devices, legal.

This Guy Is Taking Viewers Along for His Driverless Rides

This Guy Is Taking Viewers Along for His Driverless Rides

He says he has taken more than 60 driverless rides in the two months since Waymo opened driverless service up to the public.I watched three hours of videos of customers testing out Tesla's technology.

Beware a New Google Drive Scam Landing in Inboxes

Beware a New Google Drive Scam Landing in Inboxes

The success of email spam filters has left scammers looking for new ways to get people to click on malicious links.One of the scam notifications received by WIRED linked to a Google Slides document that had been created by a Gmail account with a Russian name.

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

A ballot measure would create a new legal classification for Uber drivers, Instacart shoppers, and DoorDash deliverers—not quite employees, but not the independent contractors they’ve been until now.

Split-Second ‘Phantom’ Images Can Fool Tesla’s Autopilot

Split-Second ‘Phantom’ Images Can Fool Tesla’s Autopilot

"The attacker just shines an image of something on the road or injects a few frames into a digital billboard, and the car will apply the brakes or possibly swerve, and that's dangerous," says Yisroel Mirsky, a researcher for Ben Gurion University and Georgia Tech who worked on the research, which will be presented next month at the ACM Computer and Communications Security conference.

How to Preorder the Xbox Series X and Series S: Pricing, Release Date, and More

How to Preorder the Xbox Series X and Series S: Pricing, Release Date, and More

The Xbox Series X is $500, which is about what most next-gen consoles start at.There's no Blu-ray disc drive, so you can only play digital games from the Microsoft Store.

Gravity, Gizmos, and a Grand Theory of Interstellar Travel

Gravity, Gizmos, and a Grand Theory of Interstellar Travel

This might not sound like the secret to interstellar travel, but if that small lurch can be sustained, a spacecraft could theoretically produce thrust for as long as it had electric power.

How to Protect the Data on Your Laptop

How to Protect the Data on Your Laptop

Make sure you have your own user account set up on your laptop, even if you're the only one who uses it—not only will this keep the kids from messing up your browser bookmarks when they want to play games, it'll also stop anyone else from accessing it.

Spree Is Nasty, Clever Satire for the Influencer Era

Spree Is Nasty, Clever Satire for the Influencer Era

(“What’s the point of doing anything if no one’s watching?” Suzanne wonders—a point Kurt echoes repeatedly on his spree.)Like Suzanne, Kurt sees violence as a means to an end, and cannot fathom the purpose of life without an audience.

How to Back Up Your Digital Life

How to Back Up Your Digital Life

Photograph: AmazonThe first backup is the simplest—buy an external hard drive and regularly copy your data to it.

Seattle's Uber and Lyft Drivers Make $23.25 an Hour—or $9.73

Seattle's Uber and Lyft Drivers Make $23.25 an Hour—or $9.73

The Cornell paper examines the pay and expenses of more than 14,100 Seattle Uber and Lyft drivers during one week in October 2019, using data from the ride-hail companies.

Amazon Shakes Up the Race for Self-Driving—and Ride-Hailing

Amazon Shakes Up the Race for Self-Driving—and Ride-Hailing

While Alphabet's Waymo is focusing on self-driving tech and leaving the car building to places like Detroit, Zoox has stuck to its plan to design a robotaxi from the ground up—and operate a ride-hail service.

What Is a Side Channel Attack?

What Is a Side Channel Attack?

Side channel attacks take advantage of patterns in the information exhaust that computers constantly give off: the electric emissions from a computer's monitor or hard drive , for instance, that emanate slightly differently depending on what information is crossing the screen or being read by the drive's magnetic head.

How to Take Your Work Offline in Case of an Emergency

How to Take Your Work Offline in Case of an Emergency

It can't actually send and receive emails without an internet connection, but it will let you search through old messages and compose new ones (which can then be sent as soon as connectivity returns).In your web browser, click the cog icon (on the right), then Settings and Offline —check the box marked Enable offline mail , and choose how many days of messages you want to sync to your computer (7, 30 or 90).Screenshot: Wired Staff via Google.

A Travel Ban, Gig Economy Risks, and More Car News This Week

A Travel Ban, Gig Economy Risks, and More Car News This Week

For plenty of Americans, this week began with the regular, old commute to school or work, and ended with canceled semesters, robust “work from home policies,” fears about making rent next month, and canceled events—everything from weddings to concerts to—it hurts!—baseball’s opening day.

I Used to Love Cars. Here's What Drove Me Away

I Used to Love Cars. Here's What Drove Me Away

Resigning myself to the car slog I turned a practically free BMW into nearly a thousand dollars and 60 hours of wasted resources every month.After five years, I returned the keys to BMW, and started graduate school where I could walk to campus.

The Long Path out of the Vulnerability Disclosure Dark Ages

The Long Path out of the Vulnerability Disclosure Dark Ages

In 2003 security researcher Katie Moussouris was working at the enterprise security firm @stake —which would later be acquired by Symantec—when she spotted a bad flaw in an encrypted flash drive from Lexar.

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

The NTSB also asked the NHTSA to work with industry to create performance standards for driver assistance features, which critics say can lure humans into a sense of complacency even though they’re not intended to take over the driving task.

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

On a recent morning in Santa Monica, California, Sergio Avedian pulled into the parking lot of a Vons supermarket, signed into the Uber driver app, and waited.

A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language

A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language

All six of those terms have been used by important auto industry organizations—regulators at the US Department of Transportation, standards developers at SAE International, and influential research organization Thatcham Research—to describe automatic emergency braking systems.

Electric Delivery Vans, Tesla Stock, and Other Car News

Electric Delivery Vans, Tesla Stock, and Other Car News

Electric delivery vans just might be the best way to use EVs, and British newcomer Arrival announced this week that, a) it exists and b) it’s obtained some $111 million in funding, courtesy of Hyundai and Kia. And we took a look at cities and real estate developers trying to capitalize off the growth of speedy delivery by getting creative with urban distribution centers.

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.

Polestar’s First EV Is a Track-Happy Challenge to Tesla’s Model 3

Polestar’s First EV Is a Track-Happy Challenge to Tesla’s Model 3

“Your primary tools are the anti-roll bars, springs, and dampers,” says Polestar engineer and test driver Joakim Rydholm.“Your primary tools are the anti-roll bars, springs, and dampers,” Rydholm says.

Exclusive: A Deeper Look at the PlayStation 5

Exclusive: A Deeper Look at the PlayStation 5

Think about the hard drive in a game console, spinning like a 5,400-rpm vinyl record."If you look at a game like Marvel's Spider-Man," Cerny says, "there are some pieces of data duplicated 400 times on the hard drive."

Uber's New Features Put a Focus on Rider Safety

Uber's New Features Put a Focus on Rider Safety

The features, announced Thursday by Uber, are among a raft of safety updates planned for the next six months, as the ride-hail company readies to release a report detailing sexual assaults and other serious safety incidents involving Uber drivers and riders.

Feds Say Tesla Autopilot Is Partly to Blame for a 2018 Crash

Feds Say Tesla Autopilot Is Partly to Blame for a 2018 Crash

The panel asked automakers to “develop applications to more effectively sense the driver’s level of engagement and alert the driver when engagement is lacking” when using “automated vehicle control systems.” Tesla has changed how Autopilot works, requiring drivers to put pressure on the wheel more frequently while the feature is engaged.

Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars

Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars

Netflix took over 100 acres of an old Kodak plant to make a wild obstacle course that includes a six-story seesaw called the Leveler.None are full-time professional drivers, and each brings their own car, creating a mix that includes a Lamborghini Huracán, several drift-happy Nissans, a Ford Mustang and other American muscle, and more.