A Facebook Messenger Flaw Could Have Let Hackers Listen In

A Facebook Messenger Flaw Could Have Let Hackers Listen In

Discovered by Natalie Silvanovich of Google's Project Zero bug hunting team , the vulnerability, which is now patched, could have been exploited on Messenger for Android if an attacker simultaneously called a target and sent them a specially crafted, invisible message to trigger the attack.

Trump's Un-American Failure to Protect Internet Freedom

Trump's Un-American Failure to Protect Internet Freedom

By the time Edelman was at the White House, “these issues were occupying the agenda of the [National Security Council] Deputies Committee on a very regular basis.” Far from inevitable, it was an intentional bolstering of global work on internet issues—as the internet in other spots on the globe looked increasingly different than that in the United States.

A Literal Child and His Mom Sue Nintendo Over ‘Joy-Con Drift’

A Literal Child and His Mom Sue Nintendo Over ‘Joy-Con Drift’

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .The 2019 lawsuit has been moved into arbitration, and the plaintiffs' lawyers recently asked Switch users to submit videos describing their experiences with Joy-Con drift to help bolster their case.

A New Study Suggests a Possible Disease Vector: Germy Dust

A New Study Suggests a Possible Disease Vector: Germy Dust

An infectious disease physician and researcher at Mount Sinai Hospital, Bouvier studies respiratory viruses, influenza A in particular.In fact, in their latest study, aerosolized fomites appeared to be the primary way their guinea pigs passed around the flu.

Covid-19 Is Accelerating Human Transformation—Let’s Not Waste It

Covid-19 Is Accelerating Human Transformation—Let’s Not Waste It

This devastating pandemic, with all its worldwide chaos and horror, has at the same time created a perfect alignment of technology, science, need, and opportunity.

How a Facebook Bug Took Down Spotify, TikTok, and Other Major iOS Apps

How a Facebook Bug Took Down Spotify, TikTok, and Other Major iOS Apps

And lots of apps that don’t use Login With Facebook still use the SDK, which is why the issue Wednesday was so widespread.“It’s something people are not made aware of, and what’s more frustrating is that attempting to block it will break things a user may actually want, such as Login With Facebook.”.

'Microplastic Hot Spots' Are Tainting Deep-Sea Ecosystems

'Microplastic Hot Spots' Are Tainting Deep-Sea Ecosystems

“That does matter if fish and other animals are doing that, too, because we only eat their muscle tissue,” she says, because the plastic could be moving through the lining of their guts and concentrating in those edible bits.

Get Lost in Nature With These Psychedelic Images

Get Lost in Nature With These Psychedelic Images

To that end, we sent Cody Cobb, a photographer known for his meditative, dream-like landscapes, to make images of a large swath of the American West.

The Political Promise of Carbon Taxes

The Political Promise of Carbon Taxes

In the past couple of years, some Republicans have broken ranks with their party to support a tax on carbon emissions —perhaps because the climate is becoming more salient with voters, perhaps as a foil to the more radical Green New Deal, or perhaps to, you know, do something to stop global warming .

To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel—and Get on the Right Track

To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel—and Get on the Right Track

China’s new magnetic levitation train, the world’s fastest, will reach speeds of 373 mph, carrying passengers more than 600 miles in two hours while putting out less than half the emissions of a regional flight.

The 2020 Election Shows the Techlash Has Only Gone So Far

The 2020 Election Shows the Techlash Has Only Gone So Far

Elizabeth Warren, who has been criticizing monopolistic corporations for years, trained her fire on Silicon Valley early last year with an audacious plan to break up Big Tech , a call that Bernie Sanders joined.

Facebook's Bug Bounty Caught a Data-Stealing Spree

Facebook's Bug Bounty Caught a Data-Stealing Spree

Facebook and Twitter also collaborated with Google and Apple on remediation efforts, and the Indiana University researchers won an additional bug bounty award from Google for their findings.

Forecast shows Auckland region to stay dry

Forecast shows Auckland region to stay dry

In Auckland city, just 5mm of rain was recorded at the Motat weather station—the lowest since 1948 and just 7% of normal.The extremely dry conditions have prompted NIWA and Fire Emergency New Zealand to issue a video today highlighting the areas at greatest risk and alerting people to the fire danger.

Alien Hunters Need the Far Side of the Moon to Stay Quiet

Alien Hunters Need the Far Side of the Moon to Stay Quiet

Moving radio observatories to the moon wouldn’t require turning the entire lunar farside into a radio quiet zone, but it would guarantee that at least some portions of the moon are preserved for radio astronomy and the hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence.

A Breakthrough for Chronic Wasting Disease?

A Breakthrough for Chronic Wasting Disease?

Photo © Lisa Ballard A new paper published in the journal PLoS ONE finds household bleach can deactivate Chronic Wasting Disease prions.

Instagram Will Test Hiding 'Likes' in the US Starting Next Week

Instagram Will Test Hiding 'Likes' in the US Starting Next Week

WIRED's Arielle Pardes talked to Mosseri and actor and producer Tracee Ellis Ross, perhaps best known for her starring role in the television series Black-ish, about why it’s important for social media platforms to take responsibility for the safety and well-being of the people who frequent them.

Come Hang Out With WIRED at Our 2-Day Festival

Come Hang Out With WIRED at Our 2-Day Festival

You see, there are only a few working days left before WIRED25, our two-day live event that, in many ways, brings to life the November issue of WIRED, titled Have a Nice Future: Stories of 25 People Racing to Save Us .A few months back, as we began planning the November issue, we started to feel that national malaise, the distress that surrounded the environment, health, cybersecurity, politics.

The Air Force Ditches Its Nuclear Command Floppy Disks

The Air Force Ditches Its Nuclear Command Floppy Disks

Reuters reported this week that the US carried out cyberattacks against Iran in response to the September attack against Saudi Arabian oil production.The latest: Thieves tricking people into thinking they're updating their Tor browser, when in fact it downloads malware that changes the victim's browser settings, enabling thieves to steal from their payment service accounts.

Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons

Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons

But Matt Wixey, cybersecurity research lead at the technology consulting firm PWC UK, says that it’s surprisingly easy to write custom malware that can induce all sorts of embedded speakers to emit inaudible frequencies at high intensity, or blast out audible sounds at high volume.

Could Feds Force Companies to Support Your Right to Repair?

Could Feds Force Companies to Support Your Right to Repair?

Manufacturers can’t void the warranty on product just because the consumer went and repaired it themselves, swapped parts, or had it fixed by a third party.

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.

The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

Don’t tell anyone, but Jay Inslee is going to get a presidential debate focused on climate change .Inslee, the governor of Washington state and one of two dozen candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, has been agitating for such a single-topic debate for months.

Oru's Haven Fold-Up Kayak Is a Work of Oar-igami Art

Oru's Haven Fold-Up Kayak Is a Work of Oar-igami Art

This boat is light and fast, and folds origami-style into a 30-inch square that’s just 15 inches deep—small enough to fit in a car trunk or hall closet. The 40-pound Haven is one of the only tandem kayaks light enough for one person to carry.

Audi Recalls Some E-Tron SUVs Over a Battery Issue

Audi Recalls Some E-Tron SUVs Over a Battery Issue

Audi has voluntarily recalled some of its first electric vehicles, over battery issues that could cause fires, though none have yet been reported. The E-tron system monitors the battery for moisture, and Audi says a yellow battery warning light should appear if the vehicle’s sensors find something has gone wrong inside.

SpaceX Is Launching 'Organs on a Chip' to the ISS

SpaceX Is Launching 'Organs on a Chip' to the ISS

The following year, the NIH granted a total of $6 million to five research projects that would study how microgravity affects the human body by sending organ and tissue chips to the ISS.

5G’s Potential Health Hazard, Zuck’s Deleted Posts, and More News

5G’s Potential Health Hazard, Zuck’s Deleted Posts, and More News

5G’s Potential Health Hazard, Zuck’s Deleted Posts, and More News. Here are the best rain jackets on the internet right now , and how to pick the best one for you.

Having Sleep Troubles? There's a Gadget for That

Having Sleep Troubles? There's a Gadget for That

Matteo Franceschetti began optimizing his life long before he started a tech company dedicated to sleep: heart rate monitored on an Apple Watch , a ketogenic diet, Peloton exercise bikes —one at home, one in the office.

Facebook Stored Millions of Passwords in Plaintext—Change Yours Now

Facebook Stored Millions of Passwords in Plaintext—Change Yours Now

It just got even harder: On Thursday, following a report by Krebs on Security, Facebook acknowledged a bug in its password management systems that caused hundreds of millions of user passwords for Facebook, Facebook Lite , and Instagram to be stored as plaintext in an internal platform.

When Facebook Goes Down, Don't Blame Hackers

When Facebook Goes Down, Don't Blame Hackers

“If you’re a DDoS attacker and you’re trying for a big target, and you want to have a big impact, you would probably look for an organization or a brand that doesn’t have as much connectivity to begin with,” says Alex Henthorn-Iwane, vice president at network security firm ThousandEyes.

A Teen Started a Global Climate Protest. What Are You Doing?

A Teen Started a Global Climate Protest. What Are You Doing?

Greta Thunberg cut a frail and lonely figure when she started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish parliament building last August.