WIRED Security: News, Advice, and More

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Hackers Broke Into Real News Sites to Plant Fake Stories
Aug 5 • 8 min
A disinfo operation broke into the content management systems of Eastern European media outlets in a campaign to spread misinformation about NATO.
AI Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters
Aug 4 • 8 min
A combination of technologies helped scientists discover a potentially illegal fishing operation involving more than 900 vessels.
Children Stream on Twitch—Where Potential Predators Find Them
Aug 3 • 10 min
A WIRED investigation found dozens of channels belong to children apparently under 13, and anonymous chat participants sending inappropriate messages their way.
A Cyberattack on Garmin Disrupted More Than Workouts
Jul 31 • 7 min
A ransomware hit and subsequent outage caused problems in the company’s aviation services, including flight planning and mapping.
Russia’s GRU Hackers Hit US Government and Energy Targets
Jul 30 • 9 min
A previously unreported Fancy Bear campaign persisted for well over a year—and indicates that the notorious group has broadened its focus.
Apple’s Hackable iPhones Are Finally Here
Jul 29 • 7 min
Last year, Apple announced a special device just for hackers. The phone—for approved researchers only—has started to ship.
Thieves Are Emptying ATMs Using a New Form of Jackpotting
Jul 28 • 6 min
The new hardware-based attack, which has targeted machines across Europe, can yield a stream of cash for the attacker.
Twitter Cracks Down on QAnon. Your Move, Facebook
Jul 27 • 8 min
Twitter’s new policy won’t make the conspiracy group disappear. But experts say it could dramatically reduce its ability to spread.
Russia’s Latest Hacking Target: Covid-19 Vaccine Projects
Jul 24 • 6 min
Officials in the three countries believe a state-linked group is trying to steal intellectual property and information about potential vaccine candidates.
A New Map Shows the Inescapable Creep of Surveillance
Jul 23 • 7 min
The Atlas of Surveillance shows which tech law enforcement agencies across the country have acquired. It’s a sobering look at the present-day panopticon.
‘DDoS-For-Hire’ Is Fueling a New Wave of Attacks
Jul 22 • 8 min
Turf wars are heating up over the routers that fuel distributed denial of service attacks—and cybermercenaries are running rampant.
Hack Brief: Microsoft Warns of a 17-Year-Old ‘Wormable’ Bug
Jul 21 • 8 min
The SigRed vulnerability exists in Windows DNS, used by practically every small and medium-sized organization in the world.
Google Moves to Secures the Cloud From Itself
Jul 20 • 6 min
Confidential Virtual Machines allows Google Cloud Services Customers to keep data secret—even when it’s being actively processed.
Microsoft Halts a Global Fraud Campaign That Targeted CEOs
Jul 17 • 6 min
A sophisticated scheme was designed to trick businesses in more than 60 countries into wiring large sums of money to attackers.
The Super Smash Bros. Community Reckons With Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Jul 16 • 16 min
Dozens of people have come forward over the past week, many pointing to a culture that they say enabled rampant predatory behavior.
Amazon Bans Employees From Using TikTok on Their Phones
Jul 15 • 5 min
US lawmakers have repeatedly raised security concerns over the app’s Chinese ownership. Are US businesses next?
The Worst Hacks and Breaches of 2020 So Far
Jul 14 • 9 min
Iran, China, Russia—the gang was all here in the first half of this year. Oh, and also an unprecedented pandemic that’s been a boon for hackers.
DoNotPay Unsubscribes You From Spam—and Tries to Get You Paid
Jul 13 • 5 min
There’s finally a way to get off of email lists with your privacy intact.
Hong Kong’s Security Law Puts Big Tech at a Crossroads
Jul 10 • 10 min
As China exerts more power over the city, companies like Facebook and Google have stopped handing over data—for now.
Looks Like Russian Hackers Are on an Email Scam Spree
Jul 9 • 6 min
A group dubbed “Cosmic Lynx” uses surprisingly sophisticated methods—and targets big game.
Hack Brief: Hackers Are Exploiting a 5-Alarm Bug in Networking Equipment
Jul 8 • 6 min
For companies that haven’t patched their BIG-IP products, it may already be too late.
Schools Already Struggled With Cybersecurity. Then Came Covid-19
Jul 7 • 8 min
A lack of dedicated funding and resources made it hard to keep data secure—and that was before classes moved almost entirely online.
New Mac Ransomware Is Even More Sinister Than It Appears
Jul 6 • 9 min
The malware known as ThiefQuest or EvilQuest also has spyware capabilities that allow it to grab passwords and credit card numbers.
Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months
Jul 3 • 4 min
Starting today, the search giant will make a previously opt-in auto-delete feature the norm.
Security News This Week: Julian Assange Faces New Conspiracy Allegations
Jul 2 • 5 min
Plus: Evil Corp hacking, an anti-encryption bill, and more of the week’s top security news.
Hacker Lexicon: What Is a Side Channel Attack?
Jul 1 • 8 min
Computers constantly give off more information than you might realize—which hackers can use to pry out their secrets.
How Thousands of Misplaced Emails Took Over This Engineer’s Inbox
Jun 30 • 7 min
Kenton Varda gets dozens of messages a day from Spanish-speakers around the world, all thanks to a Gmail address he registered 16 years ago.
A Report Blames ‘CIA Failures’ for the Agency’s Worst Hack
Jun 29 • 6 min
A series of WikiLeaks disclosures that exposed a trove of the intelligence organization’s secrets could have been avoided, a task force found.
Zoom Reverses Course and Promises End-to-End Encryption for All Users
Jun 26 • 6 min
The video conferencing platform had previously said that only paid accounts would get the feature—a move privacy advocates roundly decried.
The Russian Disinfo Operation You Never Heard About
Jun 25 • 9 min
Secondary Infektion appears to be a distinct effort from the meddling of the IRA and GRU—and it went undetected for years.