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It used to be that cameras never lie. We tend to privilege visual content, trust what we see, and rely on police cams, mobile recording tools and similar devices to tell us about what is really happening on the streets, in local businesses, and more. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Catherine Brooks (@catfbrooks) is an Associate Professor
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In a highly anticipated report released Thursday, the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General found that political bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation didn’t influence the outcome of its 2016 probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. As part of their investigation, inspector general Michael Horowitz and his team reviewed 1.2 million
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Encrypted communication used to be too complicated for mainstream use, but approachable apps like WhatsApp and Signal have become a no-brainer for digital privacy. With all of their security-minded features, like disappearing messages and identity-confirming safety numbers, secure chat apps can rightfully give you peace of mind. You should absolutely use them. As the adage
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Your email spam filter works overtime to keep sketchy investing opportunities and cheap Viagra offers out of your inbox, but you’ve probably seen some scams sneak through. That’s because email fraud operations are a multibillion-dollar business, often run by Nigerian-based syndicates that have members—not to mention targets—around the world. And on Monday, US officials announced
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Throughout the Trump administration, the State Department has repeatedly called for the “complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization” of North Korea. Heading into Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un’s diplomatic negotiations in Singapore, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed this ambition on Monday. The talks will present numerous challenges and potential pitfalls, but perhaps the greatest
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“Oops, your files have been encrypted!” This was the chilling message that greeted hundreds of thousands of computer users last summer. The WannaCry ransomware attack brought production to a standstill at Renault factories across France, put lives at risk by attacking hospitals in the UK, and cost companies around the world billions of dollars in
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British security researcher Marcus Hutchins, who was indicted and arrested last summer for allegedly creating and conspiring to sell the Kronos banking trojan, now faces four additional charges. Hutchins, also called MalwareTech and MalwareTechBlog, is well known in the security community for slowing the spread of WannaCry ransomware as it tore through the world’s PCs
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During a nearly four-hour grilling before Parliament Wednesday, Alexander Nix, former CEO of the now defunct data firm Cambridge Analytica, faced the ghosts of his past. In the green-carpeted room where the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee interrogated Nix for the second time this year, the audience included Christopher Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica
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At the end of June, digital credit card transactions are getting a mandatory encryption upgrade. It’s good news—but not if you have an old device, or depend on a retailer that hasn’t completed the transition. When data moves from one device to another, it needs to protection so it isn’t intercepted and manipulated along the
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