russia

Hacking

Russian Malware Was Apparently Used in an Attempt to Sabotage a Saudi Petrol Plant

Cybersecurity firm FireEye points the finger at the Russian government and a government-linked facility for creating a destructive malware.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
13 hours ago
Disinformation

Russian Woman Charged With Influencing US Elections on Social Media

Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova was part of a wide-ranging project to influence the 2016 and 2018 election on social media.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4 days ago
Gaming

An Example of a 2,000-Year-Old Board Game Was Found in a Secret Castle Passage

A checkers-like game was discovered in a medieval castle.
Samantha Cole
9.10.18
horses

Melting Permafrost Reveals Gnarly 30,000-Year-Old Baby Horse

“This is the first find in the world of a prehistoric horse of such a young age and with such an amazing level of preservation.”
Becky Ferreira
8.24.18
internet censorship

After Google and Amazon Drop Anti-Censorship Support, Wickr Steps In

On Thursday, Wickr announced that paying, and soon free, users will be able to route their Wickr traffic through a network used to circumvent internet censorship, which could be useful for users in Iran, Russia, or perhaps China.
Joseph Cox
8.23.18
elon musk

These Russian Memes Taunt Elon Musk With Shitty Lifehacks

“What do you think, Elon Musk?"
Samantha Cole
8.22.18
Internet Insecurity

The Attack on Fair Elections Is a Great Marketing Opportunity For Tech Companies

With Donald Trump downplaying and denying Russian attempts to interfere with American elections, companies like Microsoft, Google, and Cloudflare have filled the void as defenders of democracy.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.21.18
space war

‘Very Abnormal’ Russian Satellite Escalates Fears of Orbital Arms Race

Russia and China have been ramping up their military presence in space in order to keep up with American capabilities.
Becky Ferreira
8.16.18
Facebook Disinformation

How Real Activists Learned Facebook Was Deleting Their Protest Page for ‘Inauthentic Behavior’

Facebook’s definition of "authentic" is complicated because disinformation campaigns are complicated.
Sarah Emerson
8.3.18
Space

NASA Announces the First Astronauts Who Will Fly in the SpaceX Dragon

On Friday, NASA debuted the teams that will pilot America’s two commercial spacecraft: Boeing's Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon.
Becky Ferreira
8.3.18
Facebook

Why Election Interference Campaigns on Facebook Are Still Working

“If they’re not caught, it leads to action in the real world. If they’re exposed, they’ve already undermined trust in the conversation."
Matthew Gault
8.1.18
facebook elections

These Are the Pages Facebook Says Are Part of a ‘Coordinated’ Effort to Influence the Midterm Elections

Facebook has removed 32 accounts and pages for “inauthentic behavior” tied to the “Unite the Right 2" rally next month in Washington, DC.
Sarah Emerson
7.31.18