Tracks

By Valdis Krebs | Who is mining, mapping and measuring the tracks you leave behind on the Internet.

Who Will Own Your Data If the Tech Bubble Bursts?

Corporations, data brokers, and even criminals might buy failed companies just for their users’ personal information.<p>Imagine that Silicon Valley’s nightmare comes true: The bubble bursts. Unicorns fall to their knees. The tech giants that once fought to attract talented developers with mini-golf …

Fortune 500

Netflix says Geography, Age, and Gender are “Garbage” for Predicting Taste

Big Data is making broad categories irrelevant for targeting consumers.<p>Netflix rolled out to 130 new countries earlier this year, and you might expect that it began carefully tailoring its offerings for each of them, or at least for various regions. But as a new <i>Wired</i> feature reveals, that couldn’t …

Netflix

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MIT's digital lookout in the crows nest of cyber warfare

Two researchers built an artificial intelligence that's designed to evolve into the ultimate cyber defense.<p>"Think about the system as a virtual analyst," says Kaylan Veermachaneni, co-creator of MIT's latest artificial intelligence. He's a research scientist at the university's Computer Science and …

Intelligence

From Snowden to Panama, all hail the power of the press

Fifa corruption, Snowden and surveillance, Rotherham child abuse, drugged athletes, Stephen Lawrence, WikiLeaks, MPs’ expenses, phone hacking, HSBC, cash for questions, cricket fixing, extraordinary rendition, Olympic bribery, Slater Walker share fixing, DC-10 crashes, thalidomide, corruption at …

FBI paid professional hackers one-time fee to crack San Bernardino iPhone

The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone with the help of professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>The new information was then used to create a piece of hardware that helped …

Security

Apple’s Penchant for Consumer Security

Ben Bajarin<p>At a security “deep dive” at Apple on Friday, executives went into depth on Apple security philosophy and technological approach to the …

Security

This Wearable of the Future Will Track Your Carbon Footprint

Benjamin Hubert spends his time imagining a greener future—and trying to create the environmentally friendly technologies to go along with it. Most …

Carbon

Speed is Key to Threat Intelligence Sharing at Every Level

Speed and communication are key elements to effective threat intelligence in the government, according to panelists at the Akamai Government Forum on …

Intelligence

Matthew Collings - A Requiem for Edward Snowden

A <i>Requiem</i> <i></i>is usually written ‘<i>for the repose of the soul or souls of one or more deceased persons</i>‘, but the term ‘<i>has subsequently been applied to</i> …

Edward Snowden

Journalists will not share Panama Papers with Justice Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The media group that coordinated the Panama Papers investigation into offshore companies said on Thursday it would not participate in a criminal probe by the U.S. Department of Justice.<p>Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for Manhattan, wrote to the International Consortium of …

Panama

Anna Porter: Punishing Russia’s murderous kleptocrats

Chloe Cushman/National PostBill Browder is a marked man. It’s hard to think of him in that context when visiting his modern offices in London, but it …

Russia

Tracing the path of four terrorists sent to Europe by the Islamic State

SALZBURG, Austria — On a crisp morning last October, 198 migrants arrived on the Greek island of Leros, all of them seemingly desperate people seeking sanctuary in Europe. But hiding among them were four men with a very different agenda.<p>The four were posing as war-weary Syrians — all carrying …

Europe

Hollywood hospital held to ransom by hackers

<b>Ransomware is a growing menace for computer users - but when a hospital is targeted, it makes the disruption far more serious.</b><p>Computer systems at …

Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, …

recode_divider

Google acknowledges it collects information about students when they’re visiting Google-owned sites such as YouTube or services like Google Maps — but says it doesn’t use this personal data to target advertising.<p>The company provided details of its privacy practices in response to an inquiry from …

Al Franken

EFF to Support Apple in Encryption Battle

We learned on Tuesday evening that a U.S. federal magistrate judge ordered Apple to backdoor an iPhone that was used by one of the perpetrators of …

Encryption

If Apple loses to the FBI, we're all screwed

Forget the technology. If the FBI successfully forces Apple to create a new OS just to brute-force hack its own product, it’s the first step through a very dark one-way door — for all of us.<p>In case you haven’t heard, the FBI has in its possession an Apple iPhone 5C that was used by one of the …

Security

Netflix knows exactly how long it has before it loses you

Netflix knows it has only seconds before it could lose you.<p>Researchers at the company have found that if a typical subscriber doesn't find something to watch in about 60 or 90 seconds, they could lose interest and move on to something else, like a video game, a book, or even old-fashioned TV.<p>"The …

Netflix

Apple’s FBI Battle Is Complicated. Here’s What’s Really Going On

The case has polarized the nation—and also generated misinformation. WIRED's here to separate the facts from the non-facts. The post Apple's FBI …

Apple News

Why Apple Is Right to Challenge an Order to Help the F.B.I.

It is understandable that federal investigators want to unlock an iPhone used by one of the attackers who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., in December. And it’s understandable that the government would turn to Apple for help. But Apple is doing the right thing in challenging the federal …

Apple News

Apple Says the Government Bungled Its Chance to Get That iPhone’s Data

A San Bernardino county worker may be responsible for a contentious battle now playing out between Apple and the government over data on an iPhone. …

iPhone

If we want a resilient world, we need to start with resilient data

<i>Editor’s note: This Voices piece is published in collaboration with the academic journal Elementa. It is based on “Toward a digital resilience,” a</i> …

Maps

Protecting U.S. Innovation From Cyberthreats

Our new national action plan includes $3 billion to kick-start an overhaul of federal computer systems.<p>ENLARGE<p>More than any other nation, America is defined by the spirit of innovation, and our dominance in the digital world gives us a competitive advantage in the global economy. However, our …

Innovation

The secret devices the government uses to track you through your phone

Concerned about the militarization of law enforcement, a source within the intelligence community has provided The Intercept with a secret, internal …

How the Paris Attacks Could Lead to More Government Snooping on Americans

Syrian refugees aren't the only ones feeling the backlash from the Paris attacks: Privacy advocates are worried that last week's terrorist assault …

Government

How Terrorist Threats Against LA and New York Schools Exposed Weaknesses

The handling of terrorist threats on Los Angeles and New York City schools calls into question the ability of national and local government to …

Los Angeles

Apple Buys AI Startup That Reads Emotions in Faces

Get ready for Siri to know how you really feel.The post Apple Buys AI Startup That Reads Emotions in Faces appeared first on WIRED.

Startups

Who Really Controls What You See in Your Facebook Feed—and Why They Keep Changing It

Every time you open Facebook, one of the world’s most influential, controversial, and misunderstood algorithms springs into action. It scans and …

Facebook