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The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber

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Weird things happen in and around New York City nearly every day, so the appearance of a suspicious package at George Soros’ residence in Westchester County didn’t initially raise many eyebrows at the FBI‘s hulking New York field office. Late on the evening of Monday, October 22, 2018, the office received an alert known as […]

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Trump’s TikTok Drama Is a Distraction

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Millions of young Americans were sent into a panic last weekend when President Donald Trump told reporters that he was “banning” TikTok from the United States. White House officials had already been discussing taking action against the social media platform and other Chinese-owned apps over national security concerns. But as is typical for Trump, it’s […]

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AI Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

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Huge fleets of Chinese fishing boats have been caught stealthily operating in North Korean waters—while having their tracking systems turned off. The potentially illegal fishing operation was revealed through a combination of artificial intelligence, radar and satellite data. WIRED UK This story originally appeared on WIRED UK. A study published today in the journal Science […]

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A.I. Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

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Huge fleets of Chinese fishing boats have been caught stealthily operating in North Korean waters—while having their tracking systems turned off. The potentially illegal fishing operation was revealed through a combination of artificial intelligence, radar, and satellite data. WIRED UK This story originally appeared on WIRED UK. A study published today in the journal Science […]

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Twitter Cracks Down on QAnon. Your Move, Facebook

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In its early days, Twitter referred to itself as the “free speech wing of the free speech party.” The quote might not have been totally serious, but for years it rang true: its pseudonymous accounts and permissive rules gave the platform an anything-goes sensibility. A few years and high-profile harassment campaigns later, however, the company’s […]

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Does TikTok Really Pose a Risk to US National Security?

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In an interview with WIRED Wednesday, Roland Cloutier, TikTok’s global head of security, declined to address questions about China directly, but stressed that TikTok was committed to maintaining robust security practices, including allowing outside firms to audit its technology. “What I can talk about is facts, and the facts are quite simple,” Cloutier said. “We […]

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Russia’s Latest Hacking Target: Covid-19 Vaccine Projects

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The UK, US, and Canada have discovered hackers working on behalf of the Russian state launching attacks against coronavirus vaccine-development projects. WIRED UK This story originally appeared on WIRED UK. Criminals working for the hacking group Advanced Persistent Threat 29 (APT29), also known as Cozy Bear, have been caught attacking pharmaceutical businesses and academic institutions […]

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Amazon Says It Didn’t Mean to Ban Employees From Using TikTok

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Around midday Friday, some employees at Amazon began posting on Twitter about another beloved, but increasingly embattled, online platform: TikTok. They griped that they would soon be unable to use it on their phones. In an email obtained by The New York Times, Amazon had notified workers that “due to security risks, the TikTok app […]

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A Report Blames ‘CIA Failures’ for the Agency’s Worst Hack

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In early 2017, WikiLeaks began publishing details of top-secret CIA hacking tools that researchers soon confirmed were part of a large tranche of confidential documents stolen from one of the agency’s isolated, high-security networks. The leak—comprising as much as 34 terabytes of information and representing the CIA’s biggest data loss in history—was the result of […]

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Georgia’s Failure Shows How Not to Run an Election in the Pandemic

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Here’s how in-person voting should look during the coronavirus pandemic: lots of polling places, fully staffed with well-protected election workers, each serving small numbers of voters who are able to quickly get in and out without having to congregate at length in close quarters. Here’s what happened in Georgia on Tuesday: not that. Despite a […]