Iranian Spies Accidentally Leaked a Video of Themselves Hacking

Iranian Spies Accidentally Leaked a Video of Themselves Hacking

When security researchers piece together the blow-by-blow of a state-sponsored hacking operation, they’re usually following a thin trail of malicious code samples, network logs, and connections to faraway servers. That detective work gets significantly easier when hackers record what they’re doing and then upload the video to an unprotected server on the open internet. Which…

Announcing the Get WIRED Podcast

Announcing the Get WIRED Podcast

When WIRED’s editors asked me in February if I wanted to host and help launch a new flagship podcast for the magazine, I immediately said “Yes!” For nearly two years, I had been co-hosting the popular Gadget Lab podcast about consumer tech, which we’re still producing. But it became obvious that there was room for…

Laughing at Quibi Is Way More Fun Than Watching Quibi

Laughing at Quibi Is Way More Fun Than Watching Quibi

Taking pleasure in the failure of others has long been considered a grubby, poisonous quality. So bad that philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer called schadenfreude “the worst trait in human nature.” More recently, British tabloid The Daily Mail claimed in a headline that a person who enjoys others’ misfortune “may be a PSYCHOPATH.” A tad dramatic, but…

An Ethics Guide for Tech Gets Rewritten With Workers in Mind

An Ethics Guide for Tech Gets Rewritten With Workers in Mind

In 2018, Silicon Valley, like Hamlet’s engineer, was hoist with its own petard. Citizens were panicking about data privacy, researchers were sounding alarms about artificial intelligence, and even industry stakeholders rebelled against app addiction. Policymakers, meanwhile, seemed to take a renewed interest in breaking up big tech, as a string of congressional hearings put CEOs…

How Afrofuturism Can Help the World Mend

How Afrofuturism Can Help the World Mend

A comet strikes New York City, killing almost everyone in sight. A survivor named Jim Davis, a Black man, searches the rubble for others, eventually finding and rescuing a white woman named Julia. They share their shock and grief, soon realizing they might be two of the only remaining people on Earth. The circumstances force…

Amazon Fire HD 8 and 8 Plus Review: Unrivaled Value

Amazon Fire HD 8 and 8 Plus Review: Unrivaled Value

I’ll confess. Despite having some serious reservations about the company, I am a fan of Amazon’s cheap, no-frills Fire tablets.Sure, they’re hamstrung by Amazon’s limited Appstore offerings, the slow Silk web browser, and they push Amazon content as if the AOL business model is still viable. But these days Fire tablets are both affordable and…