How Microsoft Dismantled the Infamous Necurs Botnet

How Microsoft Dismantled the Infamous Necurs Botnet

At the height of its powers, Necurs was one of the most disruptive forces on the internet. A sort of Swiss Army botnet, over the years it has harnessed more than 9 million computers unwittingly under its control to send spam, distribute ransomware, attack financial institutions, and more. Last week, Microsoft pulled its plug.Necurs has…

How Social Distancing Became Social Justice

How Social Distancing Became Social Justice

Covid-19 has brought the science of epidemiology into public discourse in ways that not even SARS or Ebola outbreaks did. The merits of hand washing are now unprecedentedly appreciated, and the citizen-science public has an increasingly strong handle on how Covid-19’s contagiousness and lethality influence our prospects. Our understanding of Covid’s contagiousness is best captured…

Is It Time for an Elbow Bump Emoji?

Is It Time for an Elbow Bump Emoji?

Before all the classes got canceled, Stephen Paul Wright, an art director in New York City, went to an OrangeTheory studio for a workout. The instructors have a habit of high-fiving everyone as they walk in, but this time, it was all elbow bumps. No one wanted to touch each other, even if they wanted…

The Problem With Trump’s Triage Testing

The Problem With Trump’s Triage Testing

Triage entered the lexicon of the coronavirus era last Friday, when President Donald Trump claimed that Google is working on a tool to determine who’s eligible for testing. In this case, only people who display serious symptoms will be able to get a test for the novel coronavirus. But triage—or targeted—testing is the wrong approach…