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3D-printed smartphone microscope is good enough for scientists

Your smartphone could soon be a fully functional microscope capable of examining samples as small as 1/200th of a millimeter. Australian researchers have developed a clip-on device that requires no external light or power sources to produce a clear picture of microscopic organisms and cells from …

3D Printing

If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (And Amazon Has a Patent for It.)

LONDON — What if your employer made you wear a wristband that tracked your every move, and that even nudged you via vibrations when it judged that you were doing something wrong?<p>What if your supervisor could identify every time you paused to scratch or fidget, and for how long you took a bathroom …

Emerging Technology

Snowden's New App Turns Your Phone Into a Home Security System

Your digital security, any sufficiently paranoid person will remind you, is only as good as your physical security. The world's most sensitive users …

Surveillance

How humans might outlive Earth, the sun...and even the universe

It all starts with a little planet-hopping!<p>Nuclear war. Runaway climate change. A global pandemic. Today our world faces all manner of existential threats. But scary possibilities like these are nothing compared to what astronomers say lies in store for Earth. Our planet’s ultimate destiny is to be …

Universe

Jim Clapper Just Nuked the Trump Presidency

Spy bosses are by nature the most tight-lipped of people. Those who head our intelligence agencies got there in no small part by knowing precisely …

A Brutal 500-Page Math Proof Even Experts Can't Understand Is About to Be Published

WTF?<p>His name is Shinichi Mochizuki, and depending on how fluent you are in the fringes of number theory, he's either a peerless mathematical …

Mathematics

A Lump of Coal in the Internet’s Stocking: FCC Poised to Gut Net Neutrality Rules

How to Remotely Delete Data for iPhone and Android Devices

As mobile phones carry a significant amount of private data including message history and details, photos, and other confidential information, losing …

How to Track a Cellphone Without GPS—or Consent

As the Supreme Court mulls over the case of <i>Carpenter v. United States</i>, which may have far-reaching consequences for police who track suspects without …

U.K. Police Investigation of Snowden Leak Journalists Enters Fourth Year

A secretive British police investigation focusing on journalists who have worked with Edward Snowden’s leaked documents is still active more than …

Latest NSA Leak Reveals Secret Army Intelligence Project

Files detailing a secret U.S. intelligence collection program have leaked online, according to new report, marking just the latest embarrassing …

EFF provides tool to allow you to instantly lobby Congress to protect net neutrality

Although the Trump administration is pressing ahead with plans to remove net neutrality, there’s still time for you to play your part in preventing it.<p>The proposal still needs to pass a vote in Congress, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation has provided a webpage allowing you to instantly lobby …

Privacy

I'm on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality

Right now, you can go online and connect with friends, watch videos and read the news. There's a good chance you are reading this online right now.<p>We do much more on the internet than consume content, however. Increasingly, the internet is also where we create. We use online platforms and digital …

Net Neutrality

F.C.C. Is Said to Plan Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

<i>Update: The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday announced plans to dismantle net neutrality regulations, clearing the way for companies to charge more and block access to some websites. Read more here »</i><p>WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is preparing a full repeal of net …

Net Neutrality

Russian investigative journalist: Snowden is 'a sort of ghost'

Russian investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov, who co-wrote the definitive books on the post-Soviet security services and the history of the …

Surveillance

Boston Dynamics’ ATLAS Robot Is Now a Backflipping Cyborg Supersoldier

10 minutes ago, I was cautiously optimistic that one day we’d live and work side-by-side with robots in perfect harmony. Then Boston Dynamics posted …

Robotics

EFF’s Street-Level Surveillance Project Dissects Police Technology

Step onto any city street and you may find yourself subject to numerous forms of police surveillance—many imperceptible to the human eye.A cruiser …

Surveillance

Surveillance Self-Defense

Overviews<p>Understanding the basics: What digital surveillance is, and how you can fight it.<p>Tutorials<p>Step-by-step guides to help you install and use …

Surveillance

How Hacking Works

Motherboard's 2017 Hacking Week aims to demystify how the security industry really works.<p>In popular culture, hacking is often depicted as something almost magical: Hugh Jackman frantically typing in front of a colorful screen of gibberish, or Chris Hemsworth staring into a computer with a fancy …

Digital Forensics

The US's most secretive intelligence agency was embarrassingly robbed and mocked by hackers

The National Security Agency, the US's largest and most secretive intelligence agency, has been deeply infiltrated by anonymous hackers, as detailed in a New York Times exposé published Sunday.<p>The NSA, which compiles massive troves of data on US citizens and organizes cyberoffensives against the …

Surveillance

Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core

WASHINGTON — Jake Williams awoke last April in an Orlando, Fla., hotel where he was leading a training session. Checking Twitter, Mr. Williams, a cybersecurity expert, was dismayed to discover that he had been thrust into the middle of one of the worst security debacles ever to befall American …

Cybersecurity

The military reportedly used a fake news story on Edward Snowden's death to test its cybersecurity

The US Marine Corps reportedly used a fake news story of the death of Edward Snowden, the NSA cybersecurity whistleblower, to direct a phishing email attack on its own computers in 2013, a former Marine Corps captain said in a BuzzFeed News report.<p>In the report, Robert Johnston, who would later …

Edward Snowden

He Perfected a Password-Hacking Tool—Then the Russians Came Calling

Five years ago, Benjamin Delpy walked into his room at the President Hotel in Moscow, and found a man dressed in a dark suit with his hands on …

European Court to Decide Whether U.K. Mass Surveillance Revealed by Snowden Violates Human Rights

British spy agencies are under scrutiny in a landmark court case challenging the legality of top-secret mass surveillance programs revealed in …

Hackers Have Already Started to Weaponize Artificial Intelligence

Last year, two data scientists from security firm ZeroFOX conducted an experiment to see who was better at getting Twitter users to click on …

Be prepared to hand over your device passwords or face indefinite detention at the US border

Keyboard warrior: the British hacker fighting for his life

Lauri Love is charged with masterminding a 2013 attack by Anonymous on US government websites. Will Britain allow him to spend the rest of his days in an American prison?<p>In October 2013, Lauri Love was drinking coffee in his dressing gown in his bedroom at his parents’ house in the village of …

As hurricanes and wildfires rage, US climate politics enters the realm of farce

Climate denial is less credible, but more powerful, than ever.<p>On Tuesday afternoon, as Southern Floridians nervously watched Hurricane Irma become a Category 5 monster, they received an odd message from popular right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh: The hurricane forecasts are not to be trusted.<p>In …

Rush Limbaugh

With Hurricane Irma, Miami could be facing its nightmare storm scenario

It's never good when an Atlantic hurricane is compared to Super Typhoon Haiyan, which wiped out the city of Tacloban in the Philippines in 2013 as …