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Are We In a New Era of Espionage?

December 15, 2016 This weekend, Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA, was asked about the intelligence community’s findings that Russia interfered in the presidential election. His answer was unequivocal: The country isn’t grasping the magnitude of the story, he told The Cipher Brief. “To me, and this is to me...

Yahoo Suffers History's Biggest Known Data Breach

December 15, 2016 A hacker stole information from more than 1 billion Yahoo email accounts in August 2013, the company announced Wednesday. The data included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birt, and password hashes, which are strings of characters that help a website check whether an entered password is correct. Some...

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How Will the Public Learn About Cyberattacks Under President Trump?

December 13, 2016 Last week, President Obama ordered the intelligence community to perform a “full review” of election-related cyberattacks. One of the president’s top advisors said the intelligence community will decide what information can be disclosed—but key members of Congress from both parties have called for the release of as much intelligence as...

Why Didn’t Obama Reveal Intel About Russia’s Influence on the Election?

December 12, 2016 On Friday, the Obama administration turned a bright spotlight onto the Russian government’s attempts to influence America’s presidential election. The White House announced the president had ordered the intelligence community to perform a “full review” of election-related hacking, kicking off a sweeping investigation officials say should be complete before Barack...

How Will the Public Learn About Cyberattacks Under President Trump?

December 12, 2016 Last week, President Barack Obama ordered the intelligence community to perform a “full review” of election-related cyberattacks. One of the president’s top advisers said the intelligence community will decide what information can be disclosed—but key members of Congress from both parties have called for the release of as much intelligence...

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Obama Orders Investigation Into Election-Related Hacking

December 9, 2016 President Obama asked intelligence officials to perform a “full review” of election-related hacking this week, and plans will share a report of its findings with lawmakers before he leaves office on January 20, 2017. Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz said Friday that the investigation will reach all the...

How Algorithms Can Bring Down Minorities' Credit Scores

December 2, 2016 In one episode of "Black Mirror," the world runs on a rating system. Just like you and your Uber driver rate each other after a ride, every person in the episode’s fictional world scores each other on a five-star scale after every interaction. Each individual’s average score affects their access...

Is the White House Hiding Secrets About Russia's Role in the Election?

December 1, 2016 A group of top senators is asking President Barack Obama to release more information about Russia’s involvement in the election, hinting that important details are being kept secret. In a letter sent Tuesday and made public Wednesday, seven Democratic senators (including a Democrat-aligned Independent senator)—six members of the Senate Intelligence...

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Is the White House Hiding Secrets About Russia's Role in the Election?

December 1, 2016 A group of top senators is asking President Obama to release more information about Russia’s involvement in the election, hinting that important details are being kept secret. In a letter sent Tuesday and made public Wednesday, seven Democratic senators—six members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and one member of the...

A Website That Gives You Points as It Spies on You

November 28, 2016 “Oh, you are truly my favorite subject!” exclaimed a soft voice in my ear. “Would you allow me to … see you, please?” My laptop’s webcam asked for permission to activate. Any other time, I’d have denied the request and closed my browser immediately, but I put my thumb over...