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Global Ransomware Attack Is Much Bigger Than It First Appeared

May 12, 2017 Updated: Friday, May 12, 2017 at 1:53 p.m. A widespread cyberattack disrupted business and health systems in at least a dozen countries on Friday, including at least 16 hospitals across England that were crippled by a large-scale ransomware attack. Doctors, administrators, and other NHS workers were locked out of their...

Trump Wants ‘Goddamned Steam,’ Not Digital Catapults on Aircraft Carriers

May 11, 2017 Navy officials were “blindsided” on Thursday, a spokesman told me, by President Donald Trump’s suggestion that he has convinced the Navy to abandon a long-planned digital launching system in favor of steam on its newest aircraft carrier. In a wide-ranging interview with Time magazine, Trump described his disgust with the...

The Technology That Can Destroy a Presidency

May 10, 2017 One of the biggest scandals in the history of the American presidency began with a single Xerox machine. That copier, inside a small advertising agency above a flower shop in Hollywood, California, was what Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo used to duplicate the classified Vietnam War documents that would come...

Did Someone Just Share a Random Google Doc With You?

May 3, 2017 Journalists in newsrooms across the United States are swapping warnings about what appears to be a widespread phishing attack, sent via a particularly sneaky invitation to a fake Google Doc. The scope of the attack is not limited to news organizations, but appears to be spreading on a massive scale...

Facebook Data ‘Does Not Contradict’ Intelligence on Russia Meddling

April 28, 2017 Less than six months ago, Mark Zuckerberg dismissed the idea that the social publishing platform he founded was being used to manipulate voters as “pretty crazy.” But in a new report, Facebook now says it has data that “does not contradict” a key U.S. intelligence report that describes “information warfare”...

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Facebook Data ‘Does Not Contradict’ Intelligence on Russia Meddling

April 28, 2017 Less than six months ago, Mark Zuckerberg dismissed the idea that the social publishing platform he founded was being used to manipulate voters as “pretty crazy.” But in a new report, Facebook now says it has data that “does not contradict” a key U.S. intelligence report that describes “information warfare”...

A Search for the Zombie Websites of 1995

April 23, 2017 Exploring the web of the early 1990s meant wandering into strange new territory, made stranger by the way people talked about it at the time. Terms like “cyberspace,” “World Wide Web,” and “information superhighway” sound like throwbacks now, but back then they were utterly and unironically futuristic. This was around...

Hawaii’s Renewed Jitters About Nukes

April 20, 2017 Memories of the attack have faded, but there are still people in Hawaii who can recall the quiet Sunday morning that descended into chaos more than 75 years ago. You do not forget the deafening buzz of torpedo bombers, once you have heard them overhead, or what it’s like to...

Hawaii’s Renewed Jitters About Nukes

April 20, 2017 Memories of the attack have faded, but there are still people in Hawaii who can recall the quiet Sunday morning that descended into chaos more than 75 years ago. You do not forget the deafening buzz of torpedo bombers, once you have heard them overhead, or what it’s like to...

Amazon Is Making It Easier for Companies to Track You

April 14, 2017 Like “big data” and “social media” before it, the term “artificial intelligence” has become so buzzworthy at this point, it’s largely lost meaning. If everything seems to be powered by A.I., that’s because many companies are desperate to be perceived as leaders in machine learning (or deep learning, or natural...