281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested in Massive Global Sweep

281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested in Massive Global Sweep

The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of 281 suspects in connection with email scams and wire transfer fraud.Tuesday's law enforcement initiative, dubbed Operation reWired, involved extensive international coordination to make 167 arrests in Nigeria, 74 in the United States, 18 in Turkey, and 15 in Ghana.

Red Flag Laws Are Red Herrings of Gun Control

Red Flag Laws Are Red Herrings of Gun Control

Consistent with past research, we found that although mental health reporting laws are weakly associated with lower suicide rates, they showed no correlation with homicide rates.This again identified a set of policies, which did not include mental health reporting laws, that each independently predicted lower rates of fatal injuries from homicides.

Are We All Wrong About Black Holes?

Are We All Wrong About Black Holes?

In the early 1970s, people studying general relativity, our modern theory of gravity , noticed rough similarities between the properties of black holes and the laws of thermodynamics.

Trump Administration Says Carmakers’ California Pact Is Illegal

Trump Administration Says Carmakers’ California Pact Is Illegal

Separately, the Justice Department has opened an antitrust probe into the deal, in which four automakers reached a pact on compromise tailpipe emissions with California, defying federal regulators, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

After being mandated to consider a score predicting the risk a person would reoffend or skip court, the state’s judges began offering no-bail release to white defendants much more often than to blacks.

Senators on Protecting Kids' Privacy: 'It's Complicated'

Senators on Protecting Kids' Privacy: 'It's Complicated'

At the time, WIRED wrote : “The complaint claims that a significant portion of popular content on YouTube is designed for kids, whose personal information—including IP address, geolocation, and persistent identifiers used to track users across sites—is unlawfully collected by Google and then used to target ads.” Google’s settlement, which was first reported by Politico, would far exceed the record for children’s privacy violations set by TikTok ’s $5.7 million fine earlier this year.

How AT&T Insiders Were Bribed to 'Unlock' Millions of Phones

How AT&T Insiders Were Bribed to 'Unlock' Millions of Phones

Muhammad Fahd, 34, and his co-conspirators allegedly paid AT&T employees more than $1 million in bribes over five years to install malware and spying devices at their offices in Washington, according to a Department of Justice indictment unsealed Monday.

Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now

Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now

Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now. The behavior of magnets can be explained with Maxwell's equations, which also describe the behavior of light and everyday objects like electric motors.

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 .

Jennifer Lawrence to Play Real-Life Mobster

Jennifer Lawrence to Play Real-Life Mobster

Today in Good News For People Who Like Scary News, HBO announced this week that it's renewing Los Espookys for a second season. Will Smith Battles Himself in New Gemini Man Trailer.

New York's Revenge Porn Law Is a Flawed Step Forward

New York's Revenge Porn Law Is a Flawed Step Forward

It is indefensible.” New York Assembly member Edward Braunstein and Mary Anne Franks, the tech and legislative policy advisor for the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, first drafted a bill criminalizing nonconsensual pornography in 2013, a time when few other states had similar laws on the books.

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

The highly ambiguous law is tailored to address conversations that inspire purchases or sway votes, but it fails to carefully define what constitutes “influenc[ing] a vote in an election.” Is sharing legitimate news stories or voting locations a form of “influence?” After all, not all online automated accounts are malign; some are simply news or information dissemination services, while others are created by artists.

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.

What Happens When Reproductive Tech Like IVF Goes Awry?

What Happens When Reproductive Tech Like IVF Goes Awry?

DNA testing confirmed that Baby A and Baby B (as court documents called them) weren’t genetically related to either of the birth parents, or to each other—they were related to two other couples who had been seeking fertility treatments at the same clinic.

Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families

Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families

Security News this Week: Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families. If you happened to buy the Blue Smart hair straightener from Glamorizer—perhaps not even realizing it had Bluetooth capability, because why would it?—then TechCrunch is sorry to report but hackers could totally seize your device, and well, change the temperature of the hot iron remotely, if they wanted to.

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

Kade Crockford, director of ACLU of Massachusetts' Technology for Liberty Program, says findings like these surprise her even given the chaotic, unregulated intersection of law enforcement and facial recognition.

How to Protect Our Kids' Data and Privacy

How to Protect Our Kids' Data and Privacy

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) requires operators of websites and online services to obtain parents' explicit consent before collecting the personal information of children under 13.

Intel's New Chip Wizard Has a Plan to Bring Back the Magic

Intel's New Chip Wizard Has a Plan to Bring Back the Magic

It was a celebration of how exponential upgrades from the chip industry have propelled progress in technology and society over the past 50 years—and an argument that the party’s not over.“It's going to keep going,” said Jim Keller, a semiconductor rock star who joined Intel last year as senior vice president of silicon engineering, and a cohost of the event.

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

And unlike the kinds of DNA technologies police have been using for decades to match crime scene samples to suspects, the genetic profiles generated for genealogy purposes hold a lot more information—including sensitive health information .Defense attorney Rachel Forde discusses evidence in the trial of William Talbott, who was found guilty Friday for the 1987 slayings of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg.

How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York

How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the city names real-estate agent Elvis Tominovic as the central figure in the “lucrative unlawful hotel operation.” The city wants Tominovic and 13 other people and businesses alleged to be involved in the scheme to turn over all revenue, properties, and proceeds from illegal rental activity; pay fines and damages; and shut down their listings.

Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds

Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds

On January 8, 2017, the Senate subcommittee released its final report, titled “’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking.” It pushed the theory that Lacey, Larkin, Ferrer, and their employees had invalidated their liability protections under Section 230: Rather than removing illegal and obscene content, the Senate said, Backpage had helped develop it, using clever moderation practices to “sanitize the content” and conceal it from the eyes of the law—all in the name of earning a few extra dollars.

Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method

Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method

Deputy prosecutor Justin Harleman described the groundbreaking forensic technique to the jury Friday, including how a genetic profile of crime scene DNA was uploaded to a public genealogy database.

Lyft's Lawsuit Against San Francisco Is Bigger Than Bike-Share

Lyft's Lawsuit Against San Francisco Is Bigger Than Bike-Share

But the city of San Francisco seemed to challenge that exclusivity late last month , when it announced it would open up a permitting process for a larger dockless bike-share program—a process that would be open to companies other than Lyft and Motivate.

Break Up Big Tech? Some Say Not So Fast

Break Up Big Tech? Some Say Not So Fast

Another issue is that antitrust laws are intended to address competition problems, not some of the other concerning practices of big tech companies, like how they handle consumer data . To comprehensively regulate companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, the government needs to pass new laws.

Congress Is Debating—Again—Whether Genes Can Be Patented

Congress Is Debating—Again—Whether Genes Can Be Patented

"They’re saying it can be hard to figure out what is an abstract idea, what is a law of nature, what do we mean when we say ‘natural phenomena’?” This bill creates a clarified legal test for how patent evaluators should determine those things in place of Supreme Court precedence.

New York's Privacy Bill Is Even Bolder Than California's

New York's Privacy Bill Is Even Bolder Than California's

“The NY Privacy Act, in its current form, is unworkable for businesses that want to comply and fails to provide New York residents meaningful control over how their data is collected, used, and protected,” said John Olsen, a director for the Internet Association, which represents the likes of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.

California Lawmakers Move to Protect Gig-Economy Workers

California Lawmakers Move to Protect Gig-Economy Workers

The California Assembly passed legislation on Wednesday that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of workers by requiring companies like Uber , Postmates, Amazon Flex, and others to recognize much of their workforce as employees entitled to labor protections and benefits.

Another Ripple From the Huawei Ban: Scientific Peer Review

Another Ripple From the Huawei Ban: Scientific Peer Review

But this week the Chinese technology news publication Pandaily published an email sent by IEEE to the editors of its publications, instructing them to stop using Huawei employees as peer reviewers for articles they're considering for publication.

The Military Is Locked in a Power Struggle With Wind Farms

The Military Is Locked in a Power Struggle With Wind Farms

“The greatest threat to the viability of military facilities in eastern North Carolina is not wind farms, it’s the encroachment of houses and homes on the training area,” Castellaw says.

Facial Recognition Has Already Reached Its Breaking Point

Facial Recognition Has Already Reached Its Breaking Point

Most directly called for a moratorium on government use of facial recognition systems until Congress can pass legislation that adequately restricts and regulates the technology and establishes transparency standards.

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