How Animal Activists Exposed the Brutality of Factory Farming

How Animal Activists Exposed the Brutality of Factory Farming

Last week’s episode of the Get WIRED podcast introduced listeners to Direct Action Everywhere—one of the most radical animal-rights organizations around—and the group’s leader, Wayne Hsiung. We learned how the group has been utilizing VR cameras to capture footage so immersive, viewers literally can’t escape the sights and sounds of a factory farm.This week, WIRED…

The FDA Just OK’d Emergency Use of Plasma for Covid-19

The FDA Just OK’d Emergency Use of Plasma for Covid-19

In a hastily-called press conference Sunday evening, President Donald Trump and the heads of the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Health and Human Services announced what the president had touted as a “breakthrough” in treating the pandemic disease Covid-19. That breakthrough turned out to be a change in the bureaucratic status of convalescent…

A New Botnet Is Covertly Targeting Millions of Servers

A New Botnet Is Covertly Targeting Millions of Servers

Researchers have found what they believe is a previously undiscovered botnet that uses unusually advanced measures to covertly target millions of servers around the world. ARS TECHNICAThis story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and more. Ars is owned by WIRED’s parent company, Condé Nast.The botnet…

Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here’s Why

Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here’s Why

In July 2019, police rushed to the home of 32-year-old Silvia Galva. Galva’s friend, also in the home, called 911, claiming she overheard a violent argument between Galva and her boyfriend, 43-year-old Adam Crespo. The two lived together in Hallandale Beach, Florida, about 20 miles from Miami.When officers arrived, Galva was dead, impaled through her…