Hackers Can Break Into an iPhone Just by Sending a Text

Hackers Can Break Into an iPhone Just by Sending a Text

Lily Hay Newman covers information security, digital privacy, and hacking for WIRED.Silvanovich, who worked on the research with fellow Project Zero member Samuel Groß, got interested in interaction-less bugs because of a recent, dramatic WhatsApp vulnerability that allowed nation-state spies to compromise a phone just by calling it—even if the recipient didn’t answer the call.

The Meaning of All Caps—in Texting and in Life

The Meaning of All Caps—in Texting and in Life

Emphatic caps feel like the quintessential example of internet tone of voice, and sure enough, they’ve been around since the very early days online: Linguist Ben Zimmer found people in old Usenet groups explaining that all caps meant yelling as far back as 1984.

A Brief History of Smartphone Notifications

A Brief History of Smartphone Notifications

This was just at the time when cell phones all looked like this, a nine-keypad at the bottom and a little tiny screen, and all you could basically do is text and [make and receive] phone calls.

Depth of Field: The Metaphor of Trump and the MAGA Hat

Depth of Field: The Metaphor of Trump and the MAGA Hat

Depth of Field: The Metaphor of Trump and the MAGA Hat. President Trump announced his bid for reelection in Orlando on Tuesday. In the photo, it's the particular tension between Trump and the hat that I'm hypnotized by: man versus message.

Google’s Latest Message: We’re Just Here to Help

Google’s Latest Message: We’re Just Here to Help

“We’re first trying to solve the user problem here," said Aparna Chennapragada, vice president of Google Lens & AR. Aparna Chennapragada, vice president of Google Lens & AR, said it was too soon to discuss whether the helpful new services would use the same ad-based business model as search.

US Hackers' Strike on Russian Trolls Sends a Message—but What Kind?

US Hackers' Strike on Russian Trolls Sends a Message—but What Kind?

Isolating one building I don't think is much of one." Cyber Command had, prior to the IRA's network shutdown, sent far more literal signals to the IRA staffers, as well as the hackers within the Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU responsible for much of 2016's election interference.

Facebook Messenger Lets You Unsend Now. Why Doesn't Every App?

Facebook Messenger Lets You Unsend Now. Why Doesn't Every App?

(Also note that Facebook apparently did not bother asking those questions when giving the power to Zuckerberg and other company executives.) “With a feature like Remove Message, we wanted to carefully balance flexibility and control with protecting our users from abuse of the feature,” says a Facebook spokesperson.

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

“Hi Ashton Kutcher (or the person who hacked his Twitter account)”—look, I may have been throwing words into the void but I didn’t want to look gullible —“my name is Caitlin Kelly and I’m a journalist at Wired Magazine.

Private Messages Are the New (Old) Social Network

Private Messages Are the New (Old) Social Network

Morris, for example, sees posting something publicly to a Facebook feed as a yearning for interconnectedness, while a private messaging thread is a quest for what she calls attunement, a way to strengthen a bond between two people.

A Quiet War Rages Over Who Can Make Money Online

A Quiet War Rages Over Who Can Make Money Online

Members of the incel community—including the official Twitter account for incels.is, a central hub for adherents—have joined with other men’s rights activists, using the content policies of online payment companies such as PayPal as weapons to block female pornographic actors and sex workers from making or spending money online.The campaign is called the “ThotAudit,” in reference to the derogatory term “thot,” which stands for “that ho over there.” It began over the Thanksgiving holiday as a grassroots effort to intimidate sex workers and women who sell access to private pornographic social media accounts by reporting them to the Internal Revenue Service for tax evasion—without evidence of wrongdoing.

Fake Beto O'Rourke Texts Expose New Playground for Trolls

Fake Beto O'Rourke Texts Expose New Playground for Trolls

Instead, they leave it to the campaigns to thoroughly vet their volunteers, just as they would a phone-banker or in-person canvasser."The more barriers to entry you have, the less likely trolls are to jump through them," says Souweine, who founded Relay after leading Sanders' national texting program in 2016.He found out about the phony O'Rourke text the way most people did: On Twitter.