Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

But a group of security researchers told Motherboard this week they found what look like election infrastructure online in 10 states, including swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida.

Russia Is Going to Up Its Game for the 2020 Elections

Russia Is Going to Up Its Game for the 2020 Elections

As the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Warner has long been a vocal proponent of new legislation to strengthen election protections, such as the Honest Ad Act, which would compel Silicon Valley firms to disclose when political ads are paid for by a foreign nation.

Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real

Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real

One of the most remarkable ideas in this theoretical framework is that the definite properties of objects that we associate with classical physics—position and speed, say—are selected from a menu of quantum possibilities in a process loosely analogous to natural selection in evolution: The properties that survive are in some sense the “fittest.” As in natural selection, the survivors are those that make the most copies of themselves.

WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins Won't Go to Jail for Old Hacking Crimes

WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins Won't Go to Jail for Old Hacking Crimes

Security News This Week: WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins Won't Go to Jail for Old Hacking Crimes. The Senate Intel committee this week released its (heavily redacted) report on Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 election.

Robert Mueller's Work Is Done. Now It's Congress's Turn

Robert Mueller's Work Is Done. Now It's Congress's Turn

During close to six hours of Mueller’s testimony before two committees, House Democrats learned the hard way that you can lead a special counsel to an impeachment hearing, but you can’t make him testify.

7 Free Streaming Services to Save You From Subscription Hell

7 Free Streaming Services to Save You From Subscription Hell

The more interesting reason to take a look at the Roku Channel is that it also offers free live streaming, including news reports from ABC and indie movies and classic TV from Filmrise.

A Top Voting-Machine Firm Calls for Paper Ballots

A Top Voting-Machine Firm Calls for Paper Ballots

Legislation called the Secure Elections Act, cosponsored by senators James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) last year, aimed to shore up the nation's election security by providing states with new money to phase out paperless systems.

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

The Russian meddling that rocked the 2016 United States presidential election gave the public a full view of something election officials and advocates have warned about for years: weak voting infrastructure and election systems around the US, and a lack of political will and funding to strengthen them.

Robert Mueller Breaks His Silence on Russia Investigation

Robert Mueller Breaks His Silence on Russia Investigation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller ended his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election with his sole public comment Wednesday, a surprise appearance at the Justice Department that had a clear and stark message: America, read my report.

Nobody Knows What ‘Troll’ Means Anymore—Least of All Mueller

Nobody Knows What ‘Troll’ Means Anymore—Least of All Mueller

The ideal(istic) future of the word troll is this: If “troll” is a term so meaningless and expansive that people like the perpetrator of the Christchurch massacre can hide within it under cover of a million teenage pranksters, let’s strike it.

Security Roundup: Facebook 'Unintentionally' Collected Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users

Security Roundup: Facebook 'Unintentionally' Collected Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users

Mueller Report says Russia Hacked a Florida County's Network. “The FBI believes that this operation enabled the GRU to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government,” the report says.

Colorado Tried a New Way to Vote: Make People Pay—Quadratically

Colorado Tried a New Way to Vote: Make People Pay—Quadratically

Like a lot of other similarly intricate ideas, quadratic voting sets out to solve a fundamental problem in the field of “social choice,” which is to say, how groups of people choose what they want.

Inside the Democrats’ Plan to Fix Their Crumbling Data Operation

Inside the Democrats’ Plan to Fix Their Crumbling Data Operation

Issie Lapowsky covers the intersection of tech, politics, and national affairs for WIRED.Since 2011, Vertica has been the Democratic Party's central repository for data—a place to store every state's voter file, every door knock and phone call organizers make, and every bit of commercially available data campaigns collect.

Robot ‘Natural Selection’ Recombines Into Something Totally New

Robot ‘Natural Selection’ Recombines Into Something Totally New

“It gives you a lot of diversity and it gives you the power to explore areas of a design space that you wouldn't normally go into,” says research scientist David Howard, who developed the evolving leg system and recently published a framework for evolutionary robotics in Nature Machine Intelligence .

Trump’s Casinos Couldn’t Make Atlantic City Great Again

Trump’s Casinos Couldn’t Make Atlantic City Great Again

In Atlantic City, Rose says, "you know that you’re going to lose, that the game is rigged, but there’s always the possibility.” Like many people, photographer and New York City resident Brian Rose was blindsided by Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election.

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

The information I found on the drives, including candidates, precincts, and the number of votes cast on the machine, were not encrypted. By using a $15 palm-sized device, my team was able to exploit a smart chip card, allowing us to vote multiple times.

How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening

How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening

Two years later, in 2015, a Guardian writer named Harry Davies reported that Cambridge Analytica had collected data on millions of American Facebook users without their permission, and used their likes to create personality profiles for the 2016 US election.

States Need Way More Money to Fix Crumbling Voting Machines

States Need Way More Money to Fix Crumbling Voting Machines

States Need Way More Money to Fix Crumbling Voting Machines “We are driving the same car in 2019 that we were driving in 2004, and the maintenance costs are mounting,” one official told the Brennan Center for Justice in a new survey.

US Hackers' Strike on Russian Trolls Sends a Message—but What Kind?

US Hackers' Strike on Russian Trolls Sends a Message—but What Kind?

Isolating one building I don't think is much of one." Cyber Command had, prior to the IRA's network shutdown, sent far more literal signals to the IRA staffers, as well as the hackers within the Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU responsible for much of 2016's election interference.

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up'

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up'

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up' Elena Lacey; Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images The breaking news hit a snowy Washington on Wednesday: Newly installed attorney general William Barr appears to be preparing to announce the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Security News This Week: Hackers Hit NASA Before the Holidays

Security News This Week: Hackers Hit NASA Before the Holidays

Three days after the magazine contacted Amazon, the company reached out to the customer whose private information had been erroneously shared with a stranger and explained that a staff member had made a “one-time error” that breached his privacy.

The DRC's Ebola Outbreak Is an End-of-Year Nightmare

The DRC's Ebola Outbreak Is an End-of-Year Nightmare

“We are working closely with the supplier to make sure that by the time we’re close to using most of the stockpile, the outbreak will be under control,” says Fall.John Wessels/AFP/Getty ImagesHealth care workers also worry that the upcoming Christian holiday, when many people travel to be with their families, will spread the infection to new areas.

Targeting Black Americans, Russia's IRA Exploited Racial Wounds

Targeting Black Americans, Russia's IRA Exploited Racial Wounds

But New Knowledge’s report, released Monday, shows a much more sustained and purposeful focus on black Americans—as the IRA went about instigating mistrust in law enforcement and political institutions, while cultivating seemingly authentic narratives of black pride.The report details how black Americans were among the most exploited online communities by the IRA, cataloging how the Russian firm developed an “expansive cross-platform media mirage” that specifically targeted black people by leveraging popular social media sites.

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

At the time, the company was asked: “Does Facebook believe that any of the content created by the Russian Internet Research Agency was designed to discourage anyone from voting?” Facebook responded: “We believe this is an assessment that can be made only by investigators with access to classified intelligence and information from all relevant companies and industries.”A Facebook spokesperson added on Monday morning: “We continue to fully cooperate with officials investigating the IRA’s activity on Facebook and Instagram around the 2016 election.

GOP Email Hack Shows How Bad Midterm Election Meddling Got

GOP Email Hack Shows How Bad Midterm Election Meddling Got

GOP Email Hack Shows How Bad Midterm Election Meddling GotUS President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee in March.Kevin Dietsch/Getty ImagesThough sporadic hacker intrusions and phishing campaigns targeted political entities in the lead-up to November's midterm elections, things seemed pretty quiet overall on the election-meddling front in the US.

An Obscure Concealed Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads

An Obscure Concealed Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads

The company requires these advertisers to go through an authorization process, which includes submitting their government-issued ID and a residential mailing address.Concealed Online’s owner says he had no choice but to register as a political advertiser when Facebook instituted its new policies.

Trump's Apparent Aquaphobia Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Trump's Apparent Aquaphobia Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Indeed, a lot of what people were talking about last week—Melania Trump's verion of "you're fired" and pro wrestling debacles aside—were events set in motion at various points in the past.

The Evolutionary Importance of Neutral vs. Adaptive Genes

The Evolutionary Importance of Neutral vs. Adaptive Genes

For most of the first half of the 20th century, population geneticists largely attributed genetic differences between populations and species to adaptation through positive selection.Motoo Kimura proposed in 1968 that most mutations might be neutral in effect rather than beneficial or harmful, and that shifts in the frequency of these neutral mutations dominated evolutionary change at the genomic level.Annual ReviewsBut in 1968, the famed population geneticist Motoo Kimura resisted the adaptationist perspective with his neutral theory of molecular evolution.

6 Questions After The New York Times' Facebook Bombshell

6 Questions After The New York Times' Facebook Bombshell

To suggest that this was an anti-Semitic attack is reprehensible and untrue.” A Facebook spokesperson told WIRED that neither Zuckerberg nor Sandberg had any idea about “the Soros stuff.”5) Did Facebook lie about what they knew about Russian operations on the platform during the 2016 election?This is a complicated, tangled question!

Can a Facebook Ad Really Sway Your Vote? MoveOn Thinks So

Can a Facebook Ad Really Sway Your Vote? MoveOn Thinks So

MoveOn Thinks SoEthan Miller/Getty ImagesIf you are one of the 20 million potential voters that MoveOn, a progressive advocacy group, believes could help swing the midterm elections in Democrats' favor, then chances are, over the next few days, you will see a MoveOn–sponsored ad in your Facebook news feed.It'll be a video of a real voter—not an actor or a politician—explaining why he or she is voting for a given candidate.

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