146 New Vulnerabilities All Come Preinstalled on Android Phones

November 15, 2019

When you buy an Android smartphone, it’s rarely pure Android. Manufacturers squeeze in their own apps or give it a fresh coat of interface. Carriers do it too. The resulting stew of preinstalled software and vanilla Android sometimes turns out


The biggest threat of deepfakes isn’t the deepfakes themselves

October 11, 2019

The mere idea of AI-synthesized media is already making people stop believing that real things are real. It was late 2018, and the people of Gabon hadn’t seen their president, Ali Bongo, in public for months. Some began to suspect


A Controversial Plan to Encrypt More of the Internet

October 9, 2019

The road to routing all Domain Name System lookups through HTTPS is pocked with disagreements over just how much it will help. The security community generally agrees on the importance of encrypting private data: Add a passcode to your smartphone. Use


What Would Facebook Regulation Look Like? Start With the FCC

October 4, 2019

Opinion: Platform giants need to meet the public interest standard, just like broadcast media. The federal government seems increasingly likely to take action on platform giants such as Facebook and Google. Antitrust intervention has emerged as the likely focal point


Google Tightens Its Voice Assistant Rules Amid Privacy Backlash

September 23, 2019

After months of revelations that smart speakers get a very human intelligence boost from contractors who transcribe and review customer audio snippets, the mea culpas are flowing in. At the end of August, Apple issued a rare apology about how


Amazon and the All-Electric Future of Fleet Vehicles

September 21, 2019

Fleets, like the 100,000 delivery vans the retailer ordered from startup Rivian, will make electrics seem more commonplace, and easier to charge. Let’s put Amazon’s order for 100,000 electric delivery vans by 2030 into perspective. Today, FedEx uses 85,000 “motorized


Behind the Rise of China’s Facial-Recognition Giants

September 3, 2019

Megvii, one of four highly valued Chinese facial-recognition startups, has filed for an IPO. Most of its revenue comes from surveillance and security systems. Unfamiliar faces aren’t welcome at Beijing public housing projects. To prevent illegal subletting, many have facial


Elon Musk: Humanity Is a Kind of ‘Biological Boot Loader’ for AI

September 2, 2019

On Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Alibaba cofounder Jack Ma took the stage at the World AI Conference in Shanghai to debate artificial intelligence and its implications for humanity. As expected, Ma took a far more optimistic stance than Musk.


Everything We Know About the Capital One Hacking Case So Far

August 30, 2019

A new indictment against alleged Capital One hacker Paige Thompson includes a few fresh details about the case At the end of July, the FBI and Capital One disclosed that the bank had suffered a massive data breach just a


Jeffrey Epstein and the Power of Networks – Wired

August 27, 2019

Anyone who took money or accrued influence from accused child rapist Jeffrey Epstein, who died of an apparent suicide in jail, should give that money back. Or they should donate an equivalent amount to someone who will help people with


Wired: The Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 So Far

July 5, 2019

Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 Six months of 2019 are on the books already, and certainly there have been six months’ worth of data breaches, supply chain manipulations, state-backed hacking campaigns, and harbingers of cyberwar to show for it. But

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