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Great. Now Even Your Headphones Can Spy on You
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Great. Now Even Your Headphones Can Spy on You

Cautious computer users put a piece of tape over their webcam.

How to Block the Ultrasonic Signals You Didn't Know Were Tracking You
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How to Block the Ultrasonic Signals You Didn't Know Were Tracking You

Dystopian corporte surveillance threats today come at us from all directions. Companies offer "always-on" devices that listen for our voice commands, and marketers...

Your Dvr Didn't Take Down the Internet, Yet
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Your Dvr Didn't Take Down the Internet, Yet

Last week ended with a mid-level internet catastrophe. You may have noticed that for most of Friday popular sites like Netflix, Twitter, Spotify (and yes, WIRED)...

Want to Know Julian Assange's Endgame? He Told You a Decade Ago
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Want to Know Julian Assange's Endgame? He Told You a Decade Ago

Amid a seemingly incessant deluge of leaks and hacks, Washington, DC staffers have learned to imagine how even the most benign email would look a week later on...

How to Steal an AI
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How to Steal an AI

In the burgeoning field of computer science known as machine learning, engineers often refer to the artificial intelligences they create as "black box" systems:...

Inside Google's Internet Justice League and Its AI-Powered War on Trolls
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Inside Google's Internet Justice League and Its AI-Powered War on Trolls

Online forums and social media platforms are havens for trolls and bullies who launch campaigns of harassment can lead to the self-censorship of the people they...

How Police Trace Cellphones in Ieds Like the Ones in Nyc
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How Police Trace Cellphones in Ieds Like the Ones in Nyc

A cellphone makes a convenient detonator for an improvised explosive device. But it's also one of the most conveniently trackable devices under the eye of American...

How the Fbi Could Have Hacked the San Bernardino Shooter's Iphone
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How the Fbi Could Have Hacked the San Bernardino Shooter's Iphone

More than six months have passed since the FBI first ordered Apple to help the agency bypass the encryption on the iPhone 5c of Rizwan Syed Farook, an ISIS supporter...

AI Can Recognize Your Face Even If You're Pixelated
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AI Can Recognize Your Face Even If You're Pixelated

Pixelation has long been a familiar fig leaf to cover our visual media’s most private parts.

Google's Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring Isis Recruits
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Google's Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring Isis Recruits

Google has built a half-trillion-dollar business out of divining what people want based on a few words they type into a search field.

Forget Software: Now Hackers Are Exploiting Physics
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Forget Software: Now Hackers Are Exploiting Physics

Practically every word we use to describe a computer is a metaphor.

The Shadow Brokers Mess Is What Happens When the Nsa Hoards Zero-Days
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The Shadow Brokers Mess Is What Happens When the Nsa Hoards Zero-Days

When the NSA discovers a new method of hacking into a piece of software or hardware, it faces a dilemma.

Ironic Windows Vulnerability Shows Why Backdoors Can't Work
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Ironic Windows Vulnerability Shows Why Backdoors Can't Work

Apple's refusal to comply with a court order to help the FBI crack an iPhone highlighted the pressure tech companies face to include backdoors in their software...

A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock 100 Million Volkswagens
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A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock 100 Million Volkswagens

In 2013, when University of Birmingham computer scientist Flavio Garcia and a team of researchers were preparing to reveal a vulnerability that allowed them todelayed...

Hackers Hijack a Big Rig Truck's Accelerator and Brakes
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Hackers Hijack a Big Rig Truck's Accelerator and Brakes

When cybersecurity researchers showed in recent years that they could hack a Chevy Impala or a Jeep Cherokee to disable the vehicles' brakes or hijack their steering...

America's Electronic Voting Machines Are Scarily Easy Targets
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America's Electronic Voting Machines Are Scarily Easy Targets

This week, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump openly speculated that this election would be "rigged." Last month, Russia decided to take an active role in...

How To Fool AI Into Seeing Something That Isn't There
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How To Fool AI Into Seeing Something That Isn't There

Our machines are littered with security holes, because programmers are human.

Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards
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Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards

You should be able to trust your wireless keyboard.

Snowden Designs a Device to Warn If Your Iphone's Radios Are Snitching
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Snowden Designs a Device to Warn If Your Iphone's Radios Are Snitching

When Edward Snowden met with reporters in a Hong Kong hotel room to spill the NSA's secrets, he famously asked them put their phones in the fridge to block any...

Europe Is Going After Google Hard, and Google May Not Win
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Europe Is Going After Google Hard, and Google May Not Win

Microsoft pulled the strings. At least, that’s what Google and so many business and tech journalists said when the search giant first faced antitrust complaints...
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