Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims

Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims

Hafnium has now exploited zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Exchange servers' Outlook Web Access to indiscriminately compromise no fewer than tens of thousands of email servers, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation into the hacking campaign who spoke to WIRED.

An Insider's Look at How the Mueller Investigation Fell Flat

An Insider's Look at How the Mueller Investigation Fell Flat

Weissmann’s book is the first to emerge from the famously tight-lipped special counsel’s office, and he paints an eloquent and ultimately dispiriting picture of a talented team of some of the nation’s best investigators stymied on three sides: by uncooperative witnesses, by Mueller’s “punctilious[ness] about due process and rectitude,” and most of all by a president who on multiple occasions criminally obstructed justice.

Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here's Why

Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here's Why

As Orr explains, officers are getting more savvy about smart home devices, creating templates that simplify requesting data.Orr has studied the types of data police can pull from smart speakers like the Amazon Echo.

The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber

The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber

But they quickly sent an update when they arrived on the scene: “Boss, we found some energetic material,” an agent on the ground reported by phone to William Sweeney, the FBI assistant director in charge of the New York office.

The Big Tech Hearing Proved Congress Isn't Messing Around

The Big Tech Hearing Proved Congress Isn't Messing Around

The subcommittee presented internal emails showing that, in 2009, the company deliberately began selling diapers at a loss in order to price out of the market and force the company to accept a takeover—after which Amazon raised diaper prices back up.

Zoom Upgrades Encryption Keys to What It Promised All Along

Zoom Upgrades Encryption Keys to What It Promised All Along

On top of all the other digital threats, researchers emphasized this week that so-called "zero-click" hacks that don't require any interaction from users to initiate may be more prevalent and varied than most people realize.

Pro-Trump Trolls Flooded the Iowa Caucus Phone Lines

Pro-Trump Trolls Flooded the Iowa Caucus Phone Lines

And flaws in a widely used Cisco protocol have put millions of workplace phones, routers, and network switches at risk .On the lighter side of hacking—well, it's all relative—artist Simon Weckert fooled Google Maps into thinking there was a traffic jam in Berlin by carting around 99 smartphones in little red wagon .

Free Press Advocates Decry Cybercrime Charges Against Glenn Greenwald

Free Press Advocates Decry Cybercrime Charges Against Glenn Greenwald

The complaint goes to some lengths to emphasize that Greenwald was not initially a subject of the investigation into this alleged hacking group, but that an audio recording uncovered during a lawful search pointed to "direct participation of the journalist in criminal conduct."

Trump's ‘National Security’ Impeachment Defense Is a Red Herring

Trump's ‘National Security’ Impeachment Defense Is a Red Herring

Trump’s lawyers are arguing that any attempt by the House impeachment managers and Senate Democrats to force additional testimony by witnesses—particularly people like Bolton—would likely compromise the president’s ability to do his job day-to-day protecting the country.

So Much for the Deep State Plot Against Donald Trump

So Much for the Deep State Plot Against Donald Trump

On Monday, inspector general Michael Horowitz released the nearly 500-page “Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation,” referring to the agency’s probe of potential links between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Feds Pin Uber Crash on Human Operator, Call for Better Rules

Feds Pin Uber Crash on Human Operator, Call for Better Rules

First, the safety panel thinks NHTSA should do more to gauge how self-driving developers are running their test operations on public roads.

WhatsApp Hack Targeted Officials in More Than 20 Countries

WhatsApp Hack Targeted Officials in More Than 20 Countries

Government Officials in More Than 20 Countries Targeted via WhatsApp HackingLast May, WhatsApp revealed that hackers at NSO Group had been exploiting a vulnerability in its software that allowed them to compromise a phone simply by targeting it with a voice call that planted malware on the device capable of silently stealing a victim's messages.

How a Bitcoin Trail Led to a Massive Dark Web Child-Porn Site Takedown

How a Bitcoin Trail Led to a Massive Dark Web Child-Porn Site Takedown

To "follow the money," as officials put it in Wednesday's press conference, law enforcement agents sent fairly small amounts of bitcoin—roughly equivalent at the time to $125 to $290—to the bitcoin wallets Welcome to Video listed for payments.

After Whistle-Blower, House Democrats Chart a Course for Trump's Impeachment

After Whistle-Blower, House Democrats Chart a Course for Trump's Impeachment

The White House then tried to email those talking points to all Republicans on the Hill, only to accidentally send them to Democrats as well.

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.

Students seek scientific solutions

Students seek scientific solutions

Everything from traffic safety to chickens and ballet shoes has had a scientific eye cast over it ahead of this year’s NIWA Wellington Science and Technology Fair.

8 Ways Overseas Drug Manufacturers Dupe the FDA

8 Ways Overseas Drug Manufacturers Dupe the FDA

At the plant’s quality-control laboratory, an investigator scrutinized the results of high-performance liquid chromatography tests, which measure the impurities in a drug sample and display them as a series of peaks in a record called a chromatogram.

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.

While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

European Union regulators have recently revealed a flurry of actions against US tech companies, starting last month with an investigation into chipmaker Broadcom over whether it used exclusivity agreements to fend off competitors.

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.

Hollywood Tried to Save America with a Live Reading of the Mueller Report

Hollywood Tried to Save America with a Live Reading of the Mueller Report

The movie stars gathered at the Riverside Church in New York to read an adaptation of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Trump's possible obstruction of that investigation written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Shenkkan.

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.

Watch Robert Mueller’s Statement on the Russia Investigation

Watch Robert Mueller’s Statement on the Russia Investigation

The public response was made all the more muddy by Attorney General William Barr's initial four-page summary of the report, which appeared to downplay the special counsel's findings around obstruction of justice.

14 Mueller Report Takeaways You Might Have Missed

14 Mueller Report Takeaways You Might Have Missed

A close read of Robert Mueller's 448-page report on Russian interference and potential Trump obstruction yields some fascinating tidbits. Robert Mueller’s final 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election—and Donald Trump’s apparent attempts to obstruct justice along the way—takes some time to read fully.

The Mueller Report Is Much Worse for Trump Than Barr Let On

The Mueller Report Is Much Worse for Trump Than Barr Let On

Even as he correctly summarized that Mueller did not find that Trump’s campaign conspired—distinct from colluding, which the report makes clear—with the Russian government, Barr appears to have misled the public about the severity of the evidence on obstruction of justice.

William Barr Sends Troubling Signals Ahead of Mueller Report Release

William Barr Sends Troubling Signals Ahead of Mueller Report Release

He declined to explain Mueller’s reasoning for refusing to make a “traditional prosecutorial decision” on the question of whether Donald Trump obstructed justice, an important answer given how Barr stepped in to offer his own verdict—even as he quoted Mueller saying the report “does not exonerate” the president on obstruction.

Mueller Report Says No Collusion, Barr Raises a Million Questions

Mueller Report Says No Collusion, Barr Raises a Million Questions

Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrapped up his 675-day probe —the most politically charged investigation in American history—with a profoundly unsatisfying conclusion about whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice: Maybe .The answer came in a convoluted four-page letter to Congress from newly installed Attorney General Bill Barr, who spent the weekend sorting through Mueller’s final report with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The Mueller Report Is Done. Now Comes the Hard Part

The Mueller Report Is Done. Now Comes the Hard Part

Continuing a now time-honored tradition of creating explosive news late on a Friday afternoon, special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his final report to attorney general William Barr .

Facebook's Sloppy Data-Sharing Deals Might Be Criminal

Facebook's Sloppy Data-Sharing Deals Might Be Criminal

In the past 24 hours, the company’s services, including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus, froze for most of a day and a newspaper revealed that a new crop of prosecutors is investigating the company for criminal behavior related to a slew of data partnerships.

How the FAA Decides When to Ground a Jet Like Boeing’s 737 MAX 8

How the FAA Decides When to Ground a Jet Like Boeing’s 737 MAX 8

“The FAA looks at all of this information and decides, ‘OK, if it’s just likely that there's a significant problem here, it doesn’t matter what the cost to the traveling public is—we have to put safety first and ground this aircraft,’” Balog says.