How 4 Chinese Hackers Allegedly Took Down Equifax

How 4 Chinese Hackers Allegedly Took Down Equifax

In September 2017, credit reporting giant Equifax came clean: It had been hacked, and the sensitive personal information of 143 million US citizens had been compromised—a number the company later revised up to 147.9 million. Names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, all gone in an unprecedented heist. On Monday, the Department of Justice identified the…

Netflix Had a Disappointing Night at the Oscars

Netflix Had a Disappointing Night at the Oscars

Hello, and welcome to The Monitor, WIRED’s pop culture news roundup. How are you doing this fine post-Oscars day? No matter how great you feel, you’re likely not feeling any better than director Bong Joon Ho, whose movie Parasite won three Oscars last night, including Best Picture—the first foreign language film to win the award…

You Can’t Take This Photo: The Colossal Underbelly of an Iceberg

You Can’t Take This Photo: The Colossal Underbelly of an Iceberg

Scientists say 90 percent of an iceberg lies underwater (thanks, Archimedes!), a fact for which most people happily take their word. Not Tobias Friedrich. He plunges into dangerously cold waters to see—and photograph—it for himself.“I want to show people how beautiful it is down there,” Friedrich says.Based in Wiesbaden, Germany, Friederich got hooked on ‘bergs…

Turn Your Ikea Frekvens Gear Into a Boombox—or a Chicken

Turn Your Ikea Frekvens Gear Into a Boombox—or a Chicken

The party speakers, subs, and LED spotlights in Ikea and Teenage Engineering’s new Frekvens collection already put other speaker systems to shame. But if we were taken with the playful, minimal styling and entirely reasonable prices before, we’re now completely won over.Wired UKThis story originally appeared on WIRED UK.The Frekvens kit, on sale at Ikea,…

We Need to Talk About “Cloud Neutrality”

We Need to Talk About “Cloud Neutrality”

We spent a lot of years talking about net neutrality—the idea that the companies that provide access to the internet shouldn’t unfairly block, slow down, or otherwise interfere with traffic even if that traffic competes with their services. But there’s an even bigger issue brewing, and it’s time to start talking about it: cloud neutrality.“While…

Today’s Cartoon: Elon Musk’s Problem

Today’s Cartoon: Elon Musk’s Problem

Monday, February 10, 2020. By David Ostow, with cartooncollections.com. Wondering how long before you can send your kids to Mars? Here’s everything you need to know about commercial human space flight. Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology. Check back here for more laughs throughout the week. And…

What Scientists Can Learn From Alien Hunters

What Scientists Can Learn From Alien Hunters

Aliens—hypothetical beings from outer space—fall into roughly three categories. They could be far-away microbes or other creatures that don’t use technology humans can detect; they could be far-away creatures that use technology earthlings can identify; or they could be creatures that have used technology to come to Earth.Each of these categories has a different branch…

What Is the Internet of Things? A WIRED Guide

What Is the Internet of Things? A WIRED Guide

How many engineers does it take to change a lightbulb?Depends on whether or not that lightbulb is connected to Wi-Fi.Lightbulbs, along with refrigerators, coffee makers, microwave ovens, baby monitors, security cameras, speakers, televisions, and thermostats have, in the past few decades, transformed from ordinary objects into conduits for the future. Embedded with sensors that see,…