China Hijacked an NSA Hacking Tool in 2014—and Used It for Years

China Hijacked an NSA Hacking Tool in 2014—and Used It for Years

More than four years after a mysterious group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers began wantonly leaking secret NSA hacking tools onto the internet, the question that debacle raised—whether any intelligence agency can prevent its "zero-day" stockpile from falling into the wrong hands —still haunts the security community.

DoNotPay Unsubscribes You From Spam—and Tries to Get You Paid

DoNotPay Unsubscribes You From Spam—and Tries to Get You Paid

If you forward a message to the antispam tool and then keep getting emails from the same entity, the service will take the hallmark DoNotPay approach and automatically help you sue the spammer in small-claims court for up to $500 under the CAN-SPAM Act .

Even Ultra-Tough Water Bears May Be Vulnerable to Climate Change

Even Ultra-Tough Water Bears May Be Vulnerable to Climate Change

Courtesy of Ricardo NevesFor the desiccated water bears in the tun state, you could dial up the heat to an impressive 180.86 degrees F for an hour, and about half of them would survive.

Windows 10 Has a Security Flaw So Severe the NSA Disclosed It

Windows 10 Has a Security Flaw So Severe the NSA Disclosed It

In fact, Neuberger said that disclosing the code verification bug to Microsoft and the public is part of a new NSA initiative in which the agency will share its vulnerability findings more quickly and more often.

Uber's New Features Put a Focus on Rider Safety

Uber's New Features Put a Focus on Rider Safety

The features, announced Thursday by Uber, are among a raft of safety updates planned for the next six months, as the ride-hail company readies to release a report detailing sexual assaults and other serious safety incidents involving Uber drivers and riders.

Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change

Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change

Iowa State University researcher Matt Liebman has shown on his demonstration farm that adding a third rotation of alfalfa or native grass to the predominant corn-soybean cropping system in the state could produce dramatic environmental benefits at no cost to farmers, including an 85 percent reduction in fertilizer use, a 97 percent drop in pesticide use, an elimination of soil erosion and water pollution from run-off, and a dramatic increase in carbon sequestration.

Banding Hummingbirds

Banding Hummingbirds

She’s the only person permitted to band hummingbirds in Arkansas. “By banding we can prove we have the same hummingbirds returning,” she says while looking through glass at the gut of a bird that’s smaller than a Matchbox car.

50 Fish, 50 States: Garkansas

50 Fish, 50 States: Garkansas

The next time I get this question, I’m pointing them to Henry Foster, an 11-year-old kid who draws fish cartoons and has already led a successful effort to have Arkansas designate a state primitive fish. I had heard of Henry, and his campaign to make alligator gar the state fish of Arkansas.

Equifax Might Owe You $125. Here's How to Get It

Equifax Might Owe You $125. Here's How to Get It

They've negotiated a settlement with Equifax that entitles all victims to 10 years of free credit monitoring, or $125. This (unfortunately) could actually come in handy, given that Social Security numbers taken from Equifax are starting to show up on the dark web, and consumers have already suffered identity theft related to the breach, according to Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro.

Aziz Ansari's Netflix Special Will Make You Laugh—Awkwardly

Aziz Ansari's Netflix Special Will Make You Laugh—Awkwardly

It’s impossible to talk about Right Now without talking about the scandal, and, indeed, Ansari makes his brush with outrage culture the set’s backbone, providing scaffolding for all its most important moments, the good and the bad.

I Scraped Millions of Venmo Payments. Your Data Is at Risk

I Scraped Millions of Venmo Payments. Your Data Is at Risk

I could see a public API endpoint that was returning the data for this feed, meaning that anyone could make a GET request (like a simple page load) to see the latest 20 transactions made on the app by anyone around the world.

What Tech Companies Pay Employees in 2019

What Tech Companies Pay Employees in 2019

But Facebook reported that the compensation of its median employee declined almost 5 percent last year, to $228,651—the biggest decline among the companies in WIRED’s analysis. A spokesperson says median pay for Amazon’s US employees last year was $35,096; on November 1, the company lifted its minimum US wage to $15 an hour.

How All of the Surviving Game of Thrones Heroes Got Here

How All of the Surviving Game of Thrones Heroes Got Here

What to look for in the series finale: Many fans now point to George R.R. Martin's series title, A Song of Ice and Fire , as proof that Jon Snow, the physical manifestation of the wintery Stark clan and the dragon-rearing Targaryen family, is the prince that was promised.

What We Need From the Game of Thrones Finale

What We Need From the Game of Thrones Finale

To that end, WIRED gathered some in-house Thrones enthusiasts—writers Emily Dreyfuss, Emma Grey Ellis, and Peter Rubin, and editors Angela Watercutter, Jason Kehe, and Andrea Valdez—to talk about what they need from this final episode, and what questions they need answered, in order to feel satisfied with the show's ultimate conclusion.

Hackers Stole $40 Million From Binance Cryptocurrency Exchange

Hackers Stole $40 Million From Binance Cryptocurrency Exchange

It appears that hackers were able to compromise several high net worth accounts, whose bitcoin was kept in Binance’s so-called hot wallet—which unlike cold wallets are connected to the internet—and filch those funds in a single transaction.

The Strange Journey of an NSA Zero-Day Vulnerability—Into Multiple Enemies' Hands

The Strange Journey of an NSA Zero-Day Vulnerability—Into Multiple Enemies' Hands

Most notably, Symantec says the Chinese group's hacking had planted an NSA backdoor on the network of its victims using a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft's Server Message Block or SMB software, also seemingly learned by studying the NSA's hacking tools.

Game of Thrones Premiere Recap: Jon Snow Still Knows Nothing

Game of Thrones Premiere Recap: Jon Snow Still Knows Nothing

Sansa's already seen her father and her brother invite political catastrophe and death by listening to their hearts rather than their common sense, and she'd rather not retread that particular narrative just because Jon is getting laid for the second time in his life and dragons are the world's coolest roller coaster.

Want Apple Card’s Security Benefits? Just Use Apple Pay

Want Apple Card’s Security Benefits? Just Use Apple Pay

Just Use Apple Pay. You don't need to wait until Apple Card comes out this summer to experience the security features Apple touted on Monday.

Apple Enters the Credit Card Market With—Yep—Apple Card

Apple Enters the Credit Card Market With—Yep—Apple Card

Like pre-existing personal finance apps such as Mint and Acorns, Apple Wallet will automatically track where and how much you spend with Apple’s credit card.

The NSA Makes Ghidra, a Powerful Cybersecurity Tool, Open Source

The NSA Makes Ghidra, a Powerful Cybersecurity Tool, Open Source

(Like other open source code, though, expect it to have some bugs.) Joyce also noted that the NSA views the release of Ghidra as a sort of recruiting strategy, making it easier for new hires to enter the NSA at a higher level, or for cleared contractors to lend their expertise without needing to first come up to speed on the tool.

Are Men at Google Paid Less Than Women? Not Really

Are Men at Google Paid Less Than Women? Not Really

On Monday, Google published a blog post with selected findings from its 2018 analysis, highlighting that proposed changes for 2019 would have paid male engineers less than female engineers in one lower-level job category, referred to internally as Level 4 engineers.

Google Employees Report Declining Confidence in Leaders

Google Employees Report Declining Confidence in Leaders

The drop in employee sentiment helps explain why internal debate around compensation, pay equity, and trust in executives has heated up in recent weeks—and why an HR presentation from 2016 went viral inside the company three years later.

Water usage in US at LOWEST level since 1970 as America battles climate change

Water usage in US at LOWEST level since 1970 as America battles climate change

Water usage in US at LOWEST level since 1970 as America battles climate change WATER use across the US is at its lowest point since the 1970s, according to research, proving Americans are making great strides to combat climate change.