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?

Ask the Know-It-Alls: How Do Machines Learn?

Ask the Know-It-Alls: How Do Machines Learn?

Truth is, most times you hear the term artificial intelligence, the specific technology at work is called machine learning.Around 2012 , the small community still working on the neural network approach to machine learning showed groundbreaking new results on speech and image recognition.

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.

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.

The 10 Things We're Most Excited to See at Comic-Con

The 10 Things We're Most Excited to See at Comic-Con

There are usually sneak peeks of future blockbusters and surprise announcements about comic-book heroes getting their own movies. Marvel skipped Comic-Con in 2018, but it's coming back this year to bring fans … something.

An Amazon Phishing Scam Hits Just in Time For Prime Day

An Amazon Phishing Scam Hits Just in Time For Prime Day

The kit is called 16Shop; its author goes by the handle DevilScreaM.In both the Apple and Amazon campaigns, 16Shop makes it easy for anyone to craft an email that looks like it comes from a major tech company, with a PDF attached.

China Distributes Spyware at Its Border and Beyond

China Distributes Spyware at Its Border and Beyond

Though they are developed by well-known companies and the location sharing is advertised for accepted uses, these apps also have the potential to be exploited by attackers who have access to victim devices.

Why Google Would Drop $2.6 Billion on an Analytics Company

Why Google Would Drop $2.6 Billion on an Analytics Company

Today the company's cloud computing division announced that it will pay $2.6 billion for the business intelligence/analytics company Looker. Vesset says business intelligence software is a $12.7 billion market that IDC expects to continue growing.

885 Million First American Financial Records Exposed Online

885 Million First American Financial Records Exposed Online

On Friday, independent security journalist Brian Krebs revealed that the real estate and title insurance giant First American had 885 million sensitive customer financial records, going back to 2003, exposed on its website for anyone to access.

Robert Mueller Won't Testify Next Week After All

Robert Mueller Won't Testify Next Week After All

Look no further than reports this week that a hacker collective known as Fxmsp compromised three unnamed US antivirus companies, and is selling the purported source code and network access online for $300,000.

The Robots Want to Steal (the Boring Parts of) Your Job

The Robots Want to Steal (the Boring Parts of) Your Job

Which is where people like Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, come in: He’s thinking hard about the past, present, and future of work, so you don’t soon have a robot in your cubicle breathing down your neck.

How to Watch the Star Wars Celebration Livestream

How to Watch the Star Wars Celebration Livestream

A streamed panel on Saturday at 2:30 pm ET focuses on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order , from the same studio that brought you the delightful Apex Legends .

'Exodus' Spyware Posed as a Legit iOS App

'Exodus' Spyware Posed as a Legit iOS App

The iOS version of Exodus, built to look like a mobile carrier support app, used all of the mechanisms iOS offers legitimate apps to grab as much of a target’s data as possible.

Filing Your Taxes? Watch Out for Phishing Scams

Filing Your Taxes? Watch Out for Phishing Scams

The domains target a large pool of potential victims: More than 135 million Americans filed their taxes electronically last year, according to the IRS.Louise Matsakis covers cybersecurity, law, and internet culture for WIRED.Lookout discovered that tax scammers start early: Dozens of these websites were created in December, right around the time people begin receiving their W-2 forms.

So Long, Inbox! Try These Email Apps Instead

So Long, Inbox! Try These Email Apps Instead

Its standout feature is a so-called Focused inbox that prioritizes emails it identifies as the most urgent, but it also offers little touches, like quick calendar access, a persistent response bar, and swipe gestures to dispatch with scheduling, deleting, and archiving.

Angry Nerd: The Next Big One Will Be a Dataquake

Angry Nerd: The Next Big One Will Be a Dataquake

Angry Nerd: The Next Big One Will Be a Dataquake. The Big One won’t crack open the earth. Look up, and out, for the dataquake. Check out our latest buying guides and best deals all year round📩 Want more?

Think These Are Planets? They're Something Far More Sinister

Think These Are Planets? They're Something Far More Sinister

Odnoviun documented the spy holes in those doors at eight former prisons in Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, and Germany for his series Surveillance . "I considered people on both sides of the spy hole to be prisoners of the system in their own ways," Odnoviun says.

Think These Are Planets? They're Something Far More Sinister

Think These Are Planets? They're Something Far More Sinister

Odnovium documented the spy holes in those doors at eight former prisons in Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, and Germany for his series Surveillance . "I considered people on both sides of the spy hole to be prisoners of the system in their own ways," Odnovium says.

Security News This Week: Did Russia Take Another Shot at Hacking the DNC?

Security News This Week: Did Russia Take Another Shot at Hacking the DNC?

Attribution is a tricky business, and the DNC didn’t provide much specific evidence to back up their claims of Russian involvement, but it lines up with a previous wave of Russian spearphishing noted by security firm FireEye last fall. This one belongs to the Oklahoma Department of Securities, which left millions of files open to public access.

Space Photos of the Week: A Cosmic Light Show Rings in 2019

Space Photos of the Week: A Cosmic Light Show Rings in 2019

This New Years’ Eve, the spacecraft flew past the object 2014 MU 69, marking another record of exploration: This 21-mile long icy rock is the most distant object that humankind has ever visited.

Travel a Familiar World Created by a Copy Machine

Travel a Familiar World Created by a Copy Machine

But Dominique Teufen’s Toshiba e-Studio 255 is lucky: It gets to see the world.Snow-capped mountains, shimmering beaches, a glacial lake: These breathtaking scenes aren't exactly real—Teufen creates them with found materials on the glass—but that's part of the fun.Related StoriesLaura MalloneeNorman Rockwell's Four Freedoms Recast for Modern AmericaMichael HardyClose Encounters at AlienCon, Where Ancient Aliens Fans MeetLaura MalloneeThe Secret Tools Magicians Use to Fool You"When people look at these landscapes, they think they're photographed," Teufen says.

The New 'Aquaman' Trailer Is Here to Quench Your Thirst

The New 'Aquaman' Trailer Is Here to Quench Your Thirst

Wonder why they didn’t go with it?A Sequel for FilmStruckThe beloved classic-film streamer FilmStruck—which is scheduled to close down next week—is getting a happy ending: Next year will see the launch of The Criterion Channel, a new freestanding service that will feature several titles from the current FilmStruck catalog (the venture was a collaboration between Criterion and the WarnerMedia-owned Turner Classic Movies).

Was a Star Wars Escape Pod Really Just a KFC Bucket?

Was a Star Wars Escape Pod Really Just a KFC Bucket?

If I had a view of the "falling" model from the side, I could easily get position-time data using video analysis by looking at each frame in the scene.Alas, I don't have that view.

5 Beat-Building Must-Haves for Your Home Music Studio

5 Beat-Building Must-Haves for Your Home Music Studio

The free Noise app wirelessly connects you to hundreds of tones, and the Seaboard pairs with the other modules in the Blocks family of touch-sensitive sound shapers.$300Buy Now5.