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Forcing WhatsApp and iMessage to Work Together Is Doomed to Fail

Europe’s Digital Markets Act requires interoperability between popular messaging apps. But experts warn encryption could be compromised.

Stop Tracking Your Loved Ones

Tracking apps hijack your psyche. Here's how to regain control.

New Lapsus$ Hack Documents Make Okta’s Response Look More Bizarre

Documents shed some light on how Okta and its subprocessor Sitel reacted to a breach, but they don’t explain the apparent lack of urgency.

The Fragile Open Source Ecosystem Isn't Ready for 'Protestware'

A recent uptick in disruptions to open source software, including incidents aimed at objecting to Russia's war in Ukraine, have left the community on edge.

Feds Allege Destructive Russian Hackers Targeted US Refineries

The Justice Department unsealed indictments against four alleged Russian hackers said to have targeted US energy infrastructure for nearly a decade.

A Mysterious Satellite Hack Has Victims Far Beyond Ukraine

The biggest hack since Russia’s war began knocked thousands of people offline. The spillover extends deep into Europe.

The Third-Party Okta Hack Leaves Customers Scrambling

Authentication firm Okta's statements on the Lapsus$ breach fails to answer key questions.

The Future of Digital Cash Is Not on the Blockchain

If you want the privacy of paper money, you need something that leaves no paper trail.

How to Limit Who Can Contact You on Twitter

Lock down your account to tweet in peace or take the guardrails off to court controversy.

NFTs Don’t Work the Way You Might Think They Do

We bust the biggest misconceptions about what "minting" actually means.

How Police Abuse Phone Data to Persecute LGBTQ People

In many parts of the world, law enforcement uses WhatsApp chats, text messages, and photos from confiscated phones as "evidence" against persecuted groups.

The Best VPNs to Protect Yourself Online

It won’t solve all of your privacy problems, but a virtual private network can make you a less tempting target for hackers.

How to Use Google Chrome's Enhanced Safety Mode

You get a safer, more secure browser experience, but Google gets a lot more data about you. 

How to Set Up Lock Screens on All Your Devices

Your lock screen stands between your private data and unwelcome visitors—make sure you set it up correctly.

Are You Being Tracked by an AirTag? Here’s How to Check

Useful advice for anyone worried that one of Apple’s trackers is following them without consent.

Hunt for Lapsus$ Hackers Leads to a British Teen

Plus: New details emerge about Russian hacks and hackers as the US warns of potential new attacks.

The Enduring Danger of Cluster Bombs

Russia’s reported use of cluster munitions against Ukraine could cause devastation for decades.

TSA’s First Crack at Guarding Pipelines From Hackers Falls Short

Plus: Anonymous dedicates a hack to Hillary Clinton, Google researchers expose Exotic Lily, and more.

A Developer Altered Open Source Software to Wipe Files in Russia

The author of a popular application pushed out an update containing malicious code in an effort to sabotage computers in the country.
Tightropes

Putin and Biden Must Choose: How Does Russia Want to Lose?

As Russia's failures mount in its war against Ukraine, can Biden prevent an isolated Putin from doing the unthinkable?
Super Users

'This Is Really, Really Bad': Lapsus$ Gang Claims Okta Hack

Lapsus$ leaking Microsoft source code would be bad enough. Breaching Okta could be much, much worse.
Ransom Notes

Leaked Ransomware Docs Show Conti Helping Putin From the Shadows

Members of the hacker gang may act in Russia’s interest, but their links to the FSB and Cozy Bear hackers appear ad hoc.
Logging In

A Big Bet to Kill the Password for Good

After a decade of work, the FIDO Alliance says it’s found the missing piece in the bridge to a password-free future.
The Conti Files

The Big, Baffling Crypto Dreams of a $180 Million Ransomware Gang

Leaked files from cybercrime group Conti show it started building a crypto payment platform, a social network—and even had plans for a casino.
The Conti Files

The Workaday Life of the World’s Most Dangerous Ransomware Gang

A Ukrainian researcher leaked 60,000 messages from inside the Conti ransomware group. This is what they reveal. 
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The Lapsus$ Hacking Group Is Off to a Chaotic Start

Telegram polls. Unusual demands. The latest extortion gang is on an unorthodox rampage.
Security Roundup

Russia Wants to Label Meta an ‘Extremist Organization’

Plus: A satellite hack, ransomware extradition, and more of the week’s top security news.
moderation

Beware the Never-Ending Disinformation Emergency

YouTube still draws a hard line on Trump’s rigged election claims. Two years later, it doesn't hold up.
bovine intervention

Chinese Spies Hacked a Livestock App to Breach US State Networks

Vulnerabilities in animal tracking software USAHERDS and Log4j gave the notorious APT41 group a foothold in multiple government systems.
Airdrops

War Is Calling Crypto’s ‘Neutrality’ Into Question

War in Ukraine and Western sanctions against Russia have made cryptocurrency a hot potato for international politics.
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Critical Bugs Expose Hundreds of Thousands of Medical Devices

The so-called Access:7 vulnerabilities are the latest high-profile IoT security fumble.
Security Roundup

A Major Internet Backbone Company Cuts Off Russia

Plus: A ransomware gang leak, an Nvidia hack, and more of the week's top security news.
Security

Hacktivists Stoke Pandemonium Amid Russia’s War in Ukraine

A wave of cyberattacks meant to make a statement and particularly buoy Ukraine could have unintended consequences.
Packet storm

Hackers Find a New Way to Deliver Devastating DDoS Attacks

Cybercriminals are exploiting a fleet of more than 100,000 misconfigured servers to knock websites offline.
Russia

When War Struck, Ukraine Turned to Telegram

As Russian troops surround Kyiv, millions of Ukrainians have relied on the messaging platform for government information.
cold case

Ice Cream Machine Hackers Sue McDonald's for $900 Million

Kytch alleges that the Golden Arches crushed its business—and left soft serve customers out in the cold.
Cyber Security

How Ukraine's Internet Can Fend Off Russian Attacks

The besieged country's complex internet infrastructure has evolved to promote resiliency.
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An ‘Unhinged’ Putin Threatens Dangerous Escalation in Ukraine

With no off-ramp in sight, Russia’s leader has put the country’s nuclear forces on alert.
meanie in a bottle

An Internet Troll Gives Nonalcoholic Spirits Startups the Spins

From false press releases to misleading domain names, one man has allegedly gone to great lengths to sabotage his competitors.