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A Brief History of Russian Hackers’ Evolving False Flags

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Deception has always been part of the hacker playbook. But it’s one thing for intruders to hide their tracks, and another to adopt an invented identity, or even frame another country for a cyberattack. Russia’s hackers have done all of the above, and now have gone one step further. In a series of espionage cases, […]

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The Air Force Ditches Its Nuclear Command Floppy Disks

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The first thing you should read about cybersecurity this week, if you somehow haven’t already, is this in-depth look at Olympic Destroyer, the malware that plagued the Pyeongchang Olympics. An excerpt from WIRED senior writer Andy Greenberg’s upcoming book Sandworm, the feature from our November issue details how investigators figured out who was behind the […]

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At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms

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The Outback pilot is still in early stages, but Suri sees broad potential in Presto Vision. The software has the potential to detect things like when a guest’s drink is almost empty, he says as an example, and prompt servers to offer them a refill. But even without those fancy features, Presto Vision is likely […]

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DNC Hackers Resurface, Zuckerberg Talks Free Speech, and More News

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A dangerous hacker group resurfaced, Mark Zuckerberg delivered a long-winded defense of Facebook, and Volvo is going green. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today’s Headlines Stealthy Russian hacker group resurfaces with clever new tricks […]

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Apple’s Good Intentions on Privacy Stop at China’s Borders

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Last October, as Facebook grappled with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a speech in Brussels in which he sought to distance the iPhone maker from its peers. Cook railed against the “data industrial complex,” and chastised companies like Google and Facebook for collecting personal information from users and […]

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Inside Olympic Destroyer, the Most Deceptive Hack in History

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A tall, soft-spoken engineer, Soumenkov had a habit of arriving at work late in the morning and staying at Kaspersky’s headquarters well after dark—a partially nocturnal schedule that he kept to avoid Moscow traffic. One night, as his coworkers headed home, he pored over the code at a cubicle overlooking the city’s jammed Leningradskoye Highway. […]

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Russia’s Cozy Bear Hackers Resurface With Clever New Tricks

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In the notorious 2016 breach of the Democratic National Committee, the group of Russian hackers known as Fancy Bear stole the show, leaking the emails and documents they had obtained in a brazen campaign to sway the results of the US presidential election. But another, far quieter band of Kremlin hackers was inside DNC networks […]