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the russian investigation

Twitter Re-Activated an Account It Told Congress Was Connected to a Russian Troll Farm

Robert Delaware got his account back after the company misidentified him as a Russian troll, but Twitter won't say if this could have happened to others.
Louise Matsakis
11.6.17
Hacking

How 'Kind of Everything Went Wrong' With the Turkey Data Dump

The incident highlights the nuances and differing morality of those who dump or spread hacked data.
Joseph Cox
7.28.16
News

Twitter Mistakenly Blocks SCOTUSBlog on Day of Abortion Decision

Whoops.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.27.16
Internet

An Admin's Foolish Errors Helped the FBI Unmask Child Porn Site 'Playpen'

Unsealed documents show a misconfigured server and some poor opsec helped lead law enforcement to their target.
Joseph Cox
5.16.16
Weed

Pro-Tip: If You're a Suspected Dark Web Drug Dealer, Don't Trademark Your #Brand

David Ryan Burchard was charged, in part, because he allegedly tried to trademark "caliconnect," his supposed dark web dealer username.
Joseph Cox
3.30.16
Science

Fraud, Misconduct, Mistakes: This Blog Finds the Stories Behind Retracted Papers

Five years on, Retraction Watch continues to push harder for transparency in scientific publishing.
Victoria Turk
8.20.15
Features

How Curiosity, Luck, and the Flip of a Switch Saved the Moon Program

Lightning never strikes the same place twice, until it does, and you're in a rocket to the moon.
ALEX PASTERNACK
11.19.14
Art

3D-Printed Mistakes Are Inspiring a New Kind of Glitch Art

From accidental masterpieces to 'Doctor Who' special effects, 3D-printed glitches are the biggest thing since 3D printing.
Victoria Turk
10.23.14
nasa

Sometimes a Typo Means You Need to Blow Up Your Own Spacecraft

Mariner I, a bit of missing mathematical notation, and why more doom by tiny mistakes is in our future.
ALEX PASTERNACK
7.26.14
Features

How Challenger Exploded, and Other Mistakes Were Made

Torrents of big data can't stop mistakes—sometimes they make them more likely. The tragedy of Challenger, as with G.M. and others, was that some people had tried to stop it.
ALEX PASTERNACK
6.24.14
Motherboard Blog

When You've Got a 3D Printer, Everything Looks Like a Gun

In a recent raid, Manchester police either seized parts of a gun or parts of a printer—at this point, both can be made from the same stuff in the same place.
Ben Richmond
10.25.13