Features

def con

A History of Badgelife, Def Con’s Unlikely Obsession with Artistic Circuit Boards

Inside the obsessive circuit board culture at the heart of the world’s largest hacker conference.
Daniel Oberhaus
9.18.18
shifting tides

Preparing for Japan's Next Tsunami

The island nation’s new warning system will broadcast qualitative alerts like takai and kyodai ("high" and "huge") during future Pacific megathrust earthquakes, to better urge people to evacuate before the waves come.
Matthew Komatsu
8.25.18
Facebook

The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People

Moderating billions of posts a week in more than a hundred languages has become Facebook’s biggest challenge. Leaked documents and nearly two dozen interviews show how the company hopes to solve it.
Jason Koebler
Joseph Cox
8.23.18
Doctors Without Orders

Meet the Anarchists Making Their Own Medicine

The Four Thieves Vinegar Collective is a network of tech-fueled anarchists taking on Big Pharma with DIY medicines.
Daniel Oberhaus
7.26.18
Port Out Scam

The SIM Hijackers

Meet the hackers who flip seized Instagram handles and cryptocurrency in a shady, buzzing underground market for stolen accounts and usernames. Their victims' weakness? Phone numbers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.17.18
Tips and Tricks

12 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your iPhone on iOS 11

Your iPhone can do more than you know. With these iOS tricks, you’ll increase your battery life, get access to exclusive apps, connect your phone to a surround-sound system, and figure out who’s calling by the way it vibrates.
Martin Pfaffenzeller
7.11.18
Face Time

When Your Arrest Photo Appears on a Mugshot Website

Lawmakers are cracking down on sites like Mugshots.com and UnpublishArrest.com. At such a mushrooming online nexus of extortion and blackmail, will the legislation make any difference?
Anjali Nayar
6.23.18
Apple

An Original iPhone Designer Embarks on Life After Apple

Freddy Anzures worked under Steve Jobs to design the single most influential device of this century. Fourteen years later, he's starting on his next act.
Ankita Rao
6.13.18
life finds a way

A Brief History of Dinosaurs in Space

From 'Star Trek' to 'Dinosaucers,' exodinosaurs have held a mirror to humanity's hopes and anxieties.
Becky Ferreira
5.29.18
Internet Insecurity

Who's Afraid of Kaspersky?

We went to Kaspersky Lab's SAS conference, where the controversial Russian anti-virus firm showcases its best research, wines and dines competitors and journalists, and burns American espionage operations.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.22.18
YouTube

‘Are you Batman?’: How YouTube’s Volunteer Army Gets Channels Undeleted

When YouTube’s content moderation fails, super-users from the YouTube Contributors and Trusted Flagger programs are ready to intervene.
Adrianne Jeffries
5.10.18
Design Bias

Pregnant Researchers Often Get No Lab Safety Guidance

I spoke with eight women who had to lean on their own scientific expertise to guide them through one or more pregnancies while working in a laboratory.
Rose Eveleth
5.7.18