Israeli Hackers Develop Tech to Combat Domestic Violence

Israeli Hackers Develop Tech to Combat Domestic Violence

In a small country like Israel—the population less than 9 million people—every murder makes national headlines. But the October 2019 killing of Michal Sela, a 32-year old social worker from Jerusalem, stood out. Sela’s husband allegedly stabbed her multiple times in front of their 8-month old baby before stabbing himself in a failed suicide attempt.…

Voting Machine Makers Are Finally Playing Nice With Hackers

Voting Machine Makers Are Finally Playing Nice With Hackers

For well over a decade, the relationship between voting machine companies and security researchers has been fraught. The manufacturers have long resisted allowing unfettered access for bug hunters, even as major, long-standing vulnerabilities plagued voting machine models used throughout the 2000s and 2010s. A new collaboration, though, shows that the cold war has meaningfully started…

Trump’s TikTok Drama Is a Distraction

Trump’s TikTok Drama Is a Distraction

Millions of young Americans were sent into a panic last weekend when President Donald Trump told reporters that he was “banning” TikTok from the United States. White House officials had already been discussing taking action against the social media platform and other Chinese-owned apps over national security concerns. But as is typical for Trump, it’s…

Cheap, Easy Deepfakes Are Getting Closer to the Real Thing

Cheap, Easy Deepfakes Are Getting Closer to the Real Thing

There are many photos of Tom Hanks, but none like the images of the leading everyman shown at the Black Hat computer security conference Wednesday: They were made by machine-learning algorithms, not a camera.Philip Tully, a data scientist at security company FireEye, generated the hoax Hankses to test how easily open-source software from artificial intelligence…

Can Killing Cookies Save Journalism?

Can Killing Cookies Save Journalism?

In May 2018, as the European Union’s landmark privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation, went into effect, the main Dutch public broadcaster set in motion a grand experiment. The leadership at Nederlandse Publieke Omroep—essentially the BBC of the Netherlands—interpreted the law strictly, deciding that visitors to any of its websites would now be prompted…