Former US Intelligence Operatives Admit They Hacked for UAE

Former US Intelligence Operatives Admit They Hacked for UAE

India May Have Used US-Company's Tech in Hacking SpreeBased in Austin, Texas, Exodus Intelligence is a so-called zero day broker, a firm that sells information about vulnerabilities in software that the developers don't know about—and therefore can't fix—and the exploits required to compromise them.

Sweeping New Mandates, Vaccine Options Underway, and More Coronavirus News

Sweeping New Mandates, Vaccine Options Underway, and More Coronavirus News

Biden announces additional mandates, researchers probe new shots and treatments, and global vaccine distribution falters.During the pandemic, the pressure of caring for people sick with Covid has undermined years of progress in preventing these kinds of infections.

Want to Slash Carbon Emissions? Start With These Power Plants

Want to Slash Carbon Emissions? Start With These Power Plants

If we had a global inventory of emissions and production from every power plant, we could use that data to identify the worst offenders and make a target list for efficiently lowering our carbon output.

How to Customize Your PS5's Home Screen

How to Customize Your PS5's Home Screen

It looks like every game you own is followed by default, which means you may see news and content related to everything you've ever downloaded—even if you don't want to.(Unfortunately, this only works on PS5 games, but should hopefully become more useful as that library grows.).

What Really Caused Facebook's 500M-User Data Leak?

What Really Caused Facebook's 500M-User Data Leak?

Or was it the 419 million Facebook user records, including hundreds of millions of phone numbers, names, and Facebook IDs, scraped from the social network by bad actors before a 2018 Facebook policy change, that were exposed publicly and reported by TechCrunch in September 2019?

Hackers Hosed by Google Were a Counterterrorism Operation

Hackers Hosed by Google Were a Counterterrorism Operation

In an attempt to cut down on the threat posed by browser-related attacks, companies like the internet infrastructure firm Cloudflare are developing a new generation of “browser isolation” tools that keep malicious code from running directly on your computer, while being faster and more usable than past iterations.

A New Vaccination Goal, a Hasty Return to ‘Normal,’ and More Coronavirus News

A New Vaccination Goal, a Hasty Return to ‘Normal,’ and More Coronavirus News

President Biden sets a new vaccination goal, Europe curbs its vaccine exports, and experts caution against a hasty return to “normal.” Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news?

How to Stop Misinformation Before It Gets Shared

How to Stop Misinformation Before It Gets Shared

News of the outcome spread across Europe, and many learned that the armada had, as expected, won the day and crushed the English fleet.For centuries, falsehoods have been shared widely as facts and stood uncorrected for months or years, even becoming accepted truth.

The Dark Web Is Teeming With Vaccine Listings Right Now

The Dark Web Is Teeming With Vaccine Listings Right Now

Last week, Check Point researchers based in Israel attempted to buy the Sinopharm vaccine from one vendor, said Ekram Ahmed, a spokesperson for the company.Dark web vendors are probably doing better business selling falsified vaccine cards and negative test results.

Negligence, Not Politics, Drives Most Misinformation Sharing

Negligence, Not Politics, Drives Most Misinformation Sharing

To do the experiments, the researchers gathered a set of headlines and lead sentences from news stories that had been shared on social media.People were more likely to rate headlines that agreed with their politics, but the difference here was only 10 percentage points.

Homecoming Queen (and Her Mom) Arrested for Alleged Vote Hacking

Homecoming Queen (and Her Mom) Arrested for Alleged Vote Hacking

This week saw new revelations of election interference, both big and small: On one end of the spectrum, an alleged mother-daughter conspiracy to digitally rig a Florida high school's vote for homecoming queen.

Soothe Yourself With a Picture Book About the Internet Dying

Soothe Yourself With a Picture Book About the Internet Dying

Chris Colin, a writer who runs a pandemic-themed children’s newspaper out of the Bay Area, answers that question in his new book OFF: The Day the Internet Died (A Bedtime Fantasy).Illustrated by Rinee Shah and written in the style of Genesis (as in the Book of, not the band), OFF invites readers to imagine weeks, decades, centuries without the internet.What first got you thinking about writing this book?

The ‘Lamborghini’ of Chariots Was Just Unearthed Near Pompeii

The ‘Lamborghini’ of Chariots Was Just Unearthed Near Pompeii

Archaeologists in Italy have unearthed an elaborately decorated, intact four-wheeled ceremonial chariot near the ruins of the Roman city of Pompeii, famously destroyed when Mount Vesuvius catastrophically erupted in 79 CE, BBC News reports.

The SolarWinds Body Count Now Includes NASA and the FAA

The SolarWinds Body Count Now Includes NASA and the FAA

Last week, TechCrunch found that Amber Group, the contractor that developed the platform, had an exposed Amazon Web Services cloud server that contained more than 70,000 negative Covid-19 test results and more than 425,000 immigration documents from travelers entering Jamaica.📩 The latest on tech, science, and more: Get our newsletters !How to remember a disaster without being shattered by it A trippy visualization charts the internet's growth since 1997 TV characters don’t have text history.

Australia Is Fighting a Platform War on the Wrong Battlefield

Australia Is Fighting a Platform War on the Wrong Battlefield

Though the law doesn’t seem terribly specific about the issue, Australian lawmakers seem to have accepted the long-voiced Murdochian claim that Google and Facebook are stealing news content by linking to articles, sometimes even providing snippets.

A New Vaccine, Protection Against Strains, and More Coronavirus News

A New Vaccine, Protection Against Strains, and More Coronavirus News

Oxford releases new data on vaccine efficacy against UK strain, Johnson & Johnson seeks FDA approval, and the US Senate passes a key resolution for coronavirus aid.The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine protects against the UK variant, while the FDA drafts new plans for dealing with mutations.

Sick and Tired of Meal Prep? Let a Newsletter Decide for You

Sick and Tired of Meal Prep? Let a Newsletter Decide for You

Five Weeknight Dishes started in late 2018 as a newsletter run by Emily Weinstein, deputy food editor at The New York Times and editor of NYT Cooking.

Dozens of Egyptian Tombs Will Be Unearthed at Saqqara Necropolis

Dozens of Egyptian Tombs Will Be Unearthed at Saqqara Necropolis

Workers at the site found the entrance to the latest shaft earlier this week as they were preparing to announce a slew of other finds at the site, including the tombs of military leaders and high-ranking courtiers, a copy of the Book of the Dead, and ancient board games.

Facebook and Apple Are Beefing Over the Future of the Internet

Facebook and Apple Are Beefing Over the Future of the Internet

Speaking as part of a conference convened for International Data Privacy Day, Cook excoriated the social media business model, which is based on monitoring people’s behavior in order to target ads to them.“The fact is that an interconnected ecosystem of companies and data brokers, of purveyors of fake news and peddlers of division, of trackers and hucksters just looking to make a quick buck, is more present in our lives than it has ever been,” he said.

They Claimed the Covid Vaccine Made Them Sick—and Went Viral

They Claimed the Covid Vaccine Made Them Sick—and Went Viral

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.The videos all made the same claims: both Skelton and Desselle had been vaccinated for Covid-19 shortly before developing their tremors, and the vaccine, they alleged, was to blame.

The FTC Cracks Down on Bot-Wielding Ticket Scalpers

The FTC Cracks Down on Bot-Wielding Ticket Scalpers

A new site called Faces of the Riot has run that trove through some machine-learning and facial-recognition software to publish thousands of images of people who were at the Capitol Hill protests —and riots—on January 6.

The SolarWinds Investigation Ramps Up

The SolarWinds Investigation Ramps Up

Now, after a federal career that many credited with helping to secure the 2020 presidential election from foreign interference, Krebs is venturing into the other massive cybersecurity story of the last year: the Russian hacker intrusion into SolarWinds , a Texas-based company whose software was hijacked and used to penetrate the networks of at least half a dozen federal agencies.

Your Media Diet Will Never Be the Same

Your Media Diet Will Never Be the Same

Our definition of what it means to "watch TV" has changed a lot over the last few years, moving from appointment television to on-demand viewing, but there are still parts of old-school, live TV that have stuck around, and even gained new life.

New Vaccine Data Is Coming: Watch Out for These 3 Claims

New Vaccine Data Is Coming: Watch Out for These 3 Claims

At the same time, it’s important to remember that not every number that’s reported will be based on a full analysis of all the data.

Physicists Are Closer to Knowing the Size of a Proton … Sort of

Physicists Are Closer to Knowing the Size of a Proton … Sort of

That's because different methods of measuring the proton's charge radius produced results that disagreed —and not just by a little bit.The new work is largely an improved version of past experiments in that it measures a specific orbital transition in standard hydrogen composed of an electron and a proton.

The US Used the Patriot Act to Justify Logging Website Visitors

The US Used the Patriot Act to Justify Logging Website Visitors

This week, three years later, Twitter finally took the step—a welcome change, if a belated one, given that attackers are more attuned than ever to the potential value of taking over a high-profile Twitter account .Hacker Defaces Spotify Pages of Celebrity MusiciansA hacker going by the name "Daniel" took control of prominent Spotify pages on Wednesday from artists like Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey, Future, and Pop Smoke.

The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream

The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream

Substack CEO Chris Best tells me that while he’s not out to kill what’s left of big media, the ad-free newsletter model has advantages over what traditional journalism has become—a chase for clicks where “most people’s media diets get determined by social media,” he says.

Apple Will Take a Smaller Cut of Some App Store Revenues

Apple Will Take a Smaller Cut of Some App Store Revenues

Though Apple has not released specific numbers, it's likely that the vast majority of App Store developers are eligible for the program, but they together make up only a small portion of Apple's overall App Store revenue, which was $50 billion last year.

The Senate's Section 230 Discourse Somehow Keeps Getting Dumber

The Senate's Section 230 Discourse Somehow Keeps Getting Dumber

At the risk of imposing more coherence than there really was, the main line of attack on Section 230 from Senate Republicans today was that Twitter and Facebook are no longer mere neutral platforms, but rather act as publishers, making editorial decisions about what content to allow and when to add their own content.

Wilderness Rescuers Brace for a Rough Covid-19 Winter

Wilderness Rescuers Brace for a Rough Covid-19 Winter

Every winter, volunteers from Seattle Mountain Rescue are dispatched to the sites of dozens of harrowing incidents: They rescue backcountry skiers buried in avalanches, help injured hikers descend slick trails—and once, they even removed the wreckage of a single-engine plane from a mountainside.