The Garmin Hack Was a Warning

The Garmin Hack Was a Warning

It’s been over a week since hackers crippled Garmin with a ransomware attack, and five days since its services started flickering back to life. The company still hasn’t fully recovered, as syncing issues and delays continue to haunt corners of the Garmin Connect platform. Two things, though, are clear: It could have been worse for…

PokimaneBoyfriend and the Scandalous Reign of Drama YouTube

PokimaneBoyfriend and the Scandalous Reign of Drama YouTube

YouTube drama is a barbed thing. The first trap is taking it too seriously. The second is not taking it seriously enough. Yesterday, YouTuber Calvin “LeafyIsHere” Vail posted a video attempting to eviscerate celebrity Twitch streamer Imane “Pokimane” Anys. A notorious YouTuber who falls under the “drama” category, Vail posts videos with titles like “The…

How the Alleged Twitter Hackers Got Caught

How the Alleged Twitter Hackers Got Caught

On July 15, a Discord user with the handle Kirk#5270 made an enticing proposition. “I work for Twitter,” they said, according to court documents released Friday. “I can claim any name, let me know if you’re trying to work.” It was the beginning of what would, a few hours later, turn into the biggest known…

For Big Tech, There’s No Winning This Round

For Big Tech, There’s No Winning This Round

In prize fighting, there is a less-than-glorious path to victory known as “steal the round.” Your opponent may pummel you at the start of three minutes of boxing—or even for the first two minutes and 50 seconds—but in the waning moments of the round you come on strong in front of the ringside judges so…

Technology Does Not Eliminate Cruelty

Technology Does Not Eliminate Cruelty

Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. Photograph: Beate Sonnenberg/Getty ImagesScience fiction author Arkady Martine holds a PhD in Byzantine history, which she puts to good use in her first novel A Memory Called Empire. The story is inspired by the historical figure Petros Getadarj, who surrendered part of Armenia to the Byzantines. “I…

Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization

Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization

So the Marlins had teammates with Covid—and played the Phillies anyway? Naturally the depleted Floridians beat the Phils. (I guess you can tell I’m from Philadelphia.) Oh, and a heads-up that, as promised, this newsletter soon will be available only to subscribers—which means that, starting in September, you won’t be reading this on the web.…