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An Algorithm That Hides Your Online Tracks With Random Footsteps

April 11, 2017 Last week, President Donald Trump signed a controversial new law, allowing internet providers to continue gathering sensitive information on their users and selling that data to advertisers. News sites erupted with recommendations for keeping browsing history private—but because all the data people send and receive online goes through their service...

When Apps Secretly Team Up to Steal Your Data

April 7, 2017 Imagine two employees at a large bank: an analyst who handles sensitive financial information and a courier who makes deliveries outside the company. As they go about their day, they look like they’re doing what they’re supposed to do. The analyst is analyzing; the delivery person is delivering. But they’re...

CSI: Walmart

April 4, 2017 A highly secured digital-forensics laboratory sits tucked inside an enormous complex of low, boxy buildings in Bentonville, Arkansas. To get in, analysts have to scan their hands and enter a unique password. Inside, they comb through video-surveillance records and spirit data out of devices that have seen better days, like...

Encryption Won’t Stop Your Internet Provider From Spying on You

March 30, 2017 Earlier this month, a lobby group for major internet providers like Comcast and Verizon attacked a set of online-privacy regulations they believe are too strict. In a filing to the Federal Communication Commission, the group argued providers should be able to sell customers’ internet history without the customers’ permission, because...

Is Trump Still Tweeting From His Unsecured Android Phone?

March 29, 2017 There are two personalities on display in Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. One Trump generally spells things correctly, tweets flattering news stories and politely thanks visitors for meeting with him. The other Trump is easily provoked, capitalizes random words and lashes out in real time at things that annoy him. These...

Is Trump Still Tweeting From His Unsecured Android Phone?

March 28, 2017 There are two personalities on display in Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. One Trump generally spells things correctly, tweets flattering news stories and politely thanks visitors for meeting with him. The other Trump is easily provoked, capitalizes random words and lashes out in real time at things that annoy him. These...

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Is Trump Still Tweeting From His Unsecured Android Phone?

March 27, 2017 There are two personalities on display in Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. One Trump generally spells things correctly, tweets flattering news stories, and politely thanks visitors for meeting with him. The other Trump is easily provoked, capitalizes random words, and lashes out in real time at things that annoy him. These...

How the Rise of Electronics Has Made Smuggling Bombs Easier

March 22, 2017 Last February, a Somali man boarded a Daallo Airlines flight in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. Twenty minutes after the flight took off, the unassuming laptop in his carry-on bag detonated, blowing a hole in the side of the plane. The bomber was killed, and two others were injured. But if the...

How the Rise of Electronics Has Made Smuggling Bombs Easier

March 22, 2017 Last February, a Somali man boarded a Daallo Airlines flight in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. Twenty minutes after the flight took off, the unassuming laptop in his carry-on bag detonated, blowing a hole in the side of the plane. The bomber was killed, and two others were injured. But if the...

Hacking Tools Get Peer Reviewed, Too

March 20, 2017 In September 2002, less than a year after Zacarias Moussaoui was indicted by a grand jury for his role in the 9/11 attacks, Moussaoui’s lawyers lodged an official complaint about how the government was handling digital evidence. They questioned the quality of the tools the government had used to extract...