Amazon Cracks Down on Third-Party Apps Over Privacy Violations

Amazon Cracks Down on Third-Party Apps Over Privacy Violations

To streamline their operations, many sellers rely on specialized business apps that tap into the Amazon Marketplace Web Service APIs, which can integrate data including sensitive customer information like names, emails, and delivery addresses.

The Myth of Processed Foods, an Amazon Walkout, and More News

The Myth of Processed Foods, an Amazon Walkout, and More News

The stigma around processed foods is all wrong, Amazon employees are walking off the job, and millions of phone numbers were left exposed.Over 900 Amazon employees have signed an internal petition pledging to walk out over their employer’s lack of action on climate change.

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.

An Unprecedented Cyberattack Hit the US Power Grid

An Unprecedented Cyberattack Hit the US Power Grid

We took a look at a bug in Supermicro hardware that could let hackers pull off a USB attack virtually.Several DMVs told Motherboard that at least they don't also sell user photos and Social Security numbers, which, thanks?

Cryptocurrency Mining Employees Expose Nuclear Plant to Internet

Cryptocurrency Mining Employees Expose Nuclear Plant to Internet

Employees at a Nuclear Power Plant Mined Cryptocurrency on the Job. Cryptojackers—the hackers who insert themselves into networks to mine cryptocurrency—have targeted critical infrastructure before .The bad news is that they exposed the plant to the broader internet, which is understandably not ideal for high-security nuclear plants.

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, and David Baser, the director of product management, noted in a blog post that the new tool “could have some impact” on Facebook’s business, but that “giving people control over their data is more important.”.

Facebook's Voice Transcripts Were More Invasive Than Amazon's

Facebook's Voice Transcripts Were More Invasive Than Amazon's

Researchers from the security firm Pen Test Partners published findings this week that an attacker would just need a person's username to track them.A new vulnerability and corresponding exploit of Bluetooth could allow an attacker to determine the encryption keys used during device pairing and let themselves in on the party.

How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code

How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code

So four years ago, Facebook engineers began building a customized assessment tool that not only checks for known types of bugs but can fully scan the entire codebase in under 30 minutes—helping engineers catch issues in tweaks, changes, or major new features before they go live.

Apple Contractors Will Stop Listening to Your Siri Recordings—For Now

Apple Contractors Will Stop Listening to Your Siri Recordings—For Now

Security News This Week: Apple Contractors Will Stop Listening to Your Siri Recordings—For Now. Justin Sullivan. After a report in The Guardian detailed Apple's use of contractors to "grade" the recordings of Siri users, the company has said it will suspend the program.

Facebook Puts Its Stamp—and Name—on Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook Puts Its Stamp—and Name—on Instagram and WhatsApp

Also, much as WhatsApp and Instagram employees and users might not like it, merging the three brands also allows Zuckerberg to say that he’s doing what the world is asking of him.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Why New York’s Revenge Porn Law is Flawed

Gadget Lab Podcast: Why New York’s Revenge Porn Law is Flawed

This week on the Gadget Lab podcast, WIRED’s Emma Grey Ellis joins Mike and Lauren to talk about what the law does, and what it still fails to address. Show Notes: Read Emma’s story about New York’s revenge porn law here .

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

It aspires to be a central outlet for the study of all manner of internet abuse, assembling for visiting researchers the necessary machine learning tools, big data analysts, and perhaps most importantly, access to major tech platforms' user data—a key to the project that may hinge on which tech firms cooperate, and to what degree.

The FTC Takes On Mark Zuckerberg, Rutger Hauer Dies, and More News

The FTC Takes On Mark Zuckerberg, Rutger Hauer Dies, and More News

The FTC Takes On Mark Zuckerberg, Rutger Hauer Dies, and More News. The FTC took a shot at Mark Zuckerberg, actor Rutger Hauer died, and the comforts of in-game drudgery.

The FTC Wants More Privacy, Less Zuckerberg, at Facebook

The FTC Wants More Privacy, Less Zuckerberg, at Facebook

“Millions of Americans entrusted personal information to Facebook with the understanding that Facebook would respect the laws governing consumer privacy, but Facebook’s many privacy missteps made clear that it lacked a culture of compliance in this area,” FTC commissioner Christine Wilson said at a press conference announcing the settlement Wednesday.

Facebook Knows More About You Than the CIA

Facebook Knows More About You Than the CIA

"I think the more human beings start to realize they're being manipulated, the more this relationship [with social media] is going to come under pressure," says Yael Eisenstat. Eisenstat: I think the more that human beings start to realize they're being manipulated, the more this relationship is going to come under pressure.

Netflix's The Great Hack Brings Our Data Nightmare to Life

Netflix's The Great Hack Brings Our Data Nightmare to Life

If you’d rather not think about how your life is locked in a dystopian web of your own data , don't watch the new Netflix documentary The Great Hack .But if you want to see, really see, the way data tracking, harvesting, and targeting takes the strands of information we generate and ties them around us until we are being suffocated by governments and companies, don't miss the film, which premieres today on the streaming platform and in theaters.

The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech

The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech

Why, just last week Trump hosted a social network conference—held in the East Wing of the White House no less—where the president and the assembled right-wing pot-stirrers made loud noises about the alleged bias that platforms like Twitter and Facebook have against conservatives.

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

FaceApp is also the product of a Russian company that sends photos from your device to its servers, retains rights to use them in perpetuity, and performs artificial intelligence black magic on them.

Tech Giants Claim Competition Exists. House Dems Don't Buy It

Tech Giants Claim Competition Exists. House Dems Don't Buy It

“The notion that they all see themselves in fierce competition I think strains credulity,” said representative David Cicilline a House antitrust hearing featuring executives from major tech companies.

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

Disconnecting third-party apps and services from Facebook, Twitter, and Google usually only takes a click or two from the pages we've just linked to, but bear in mind that this won't actually close down your unused accounts—it just means they can't get into your main accounts quite as easily.

The UN Operation to Disarm Mosul's IEDs and Unexploded Bombs

The UN Operation to Disarm Mosul's IEDs and Unexploded Bombs

Two years ago this month, a US-led military coalition declared victory against ISIS in Mosul, liberating one of Iraq's largest cities after three years of occupation by the radical Islamist group. Like the rest of Iraq, Mosul suffers from mines and unexploded bombs left behind from decades of war.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Facebook's Libra and the Future of Money

Gadget Lab Podcast: Facebook's Libra and the Future of Money

On this episode of Gadget Lab, WIRED writer Gregory Barber explains the intricacies of Facebook’s ambitious plan and how Libra is poised to rattle the future of crypto.

FTC Reportedly Hits Facebook With Record $5 Billion Settlement

FTC Reportedly Hits Facebook With Record $5 Billion Settlement

The FTC opened its investigation into Facebook’s data practices last March, one week after news broke that Cambridge Analytica , a political consulting firm that worked with the Trump campaign in 2016, had improperly obtained information on tens of millions of Facebook users.

How Dogs Help Cancer Research, an Amazon Email Scam, and More News

How Dogs Help Cancer Research, an Amazon Email Scam, and More News

How Dogs Help Cancer Research, an Amazon Email Scam, and More News. Canine cancer research could also help humans, there's an Amazon phishing scam to watch out for, and Facebook gets hit with a record settlement.

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.Late Thursday, President Donald Trump unleashed a three-tweet squall declaring himself “not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies,” and referring to the use of “unregu­lated digital assets” for “drug trade and other illegal activities.” He included Libra in that category, saying the platform "will have little standing or dependability" and would fall prey to similar dependability issues.

The Fed Chair Says Facebook's Libra Raises 'Serious Concerns'

The Fed Chair Says Facebook's Libra Raises 'Serious Concerns'

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee that Facebook’s push into finance posed “many serious concerns.” In addition to worries about privacy, money laundering, and consumer protections, Libra poses serious risks to global financial stability due to the enormity of Facebook’s user base, Powell said.

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

Big financial services companies, including JP Morgan and the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, are experimenting with blockchains and blockchain-like technologies to improve the efficiency of trading stocks and other assets.

'Mirror Worlds' Creator Wants to Displace Facebook—With Blockchain

'Mirror Worlds' Creator Wants to Displace Facebook—With Blockchain

For me, this is an opportunity to take some action on a public issue that I think is really important," says David Gelernter of his new blockchain venture.

Facebook’s New Content Moderation Tools Put Posts in Context

Facebook’s New Content Moderation Tools Put Posts in Context

Facebook has begun pilot tests of new content moderation tools and policies after an external audit raised numerous issues with the company’s current approach to tackling hate speech.

Health Brands Hims and Hers Flout Facebook’s Rules on Drug Ads

Health Brands Hims and Hers Flout Facebook’s Rules on Drug Ads

Such ads violate Facebook policies that prohibit promoting the sale or use of prescription drugs or suggesting that users have a specific condition. A Facebook spokesperson said that three Hims ads identified by WIRED violated Facebook’s policies by specifically referencing prescription drugs.