security

Hacking

Google+ Is Shutting Down After a Security Bug Exposed User Info

RIP to a social network that brought Google nothing but headaches.
Matthew Gault
10.8.18
Facebook

Facebook Knows You Don’t Want to Trust Its Portal Camera

After so many privacy issues in the last two years, the social media company is hoping that putting security front and center will lure users to its new product.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.8.18
security

California Is Making It Illegal for Devices to Have Shitty Default Passwords

The law only applies to passwords that come pre-programmed into devices, but it’s still a step in the right direction.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.5.18
Hacking

Hacking Week Call for Pitches: Who Is the Weakest Link In Cybersecurity?

Pitch us stories for Motherboard’s third hacking week.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.1.18
security

Wireless Carriers Now Want to Be the Keepers of Your Website Login Data

But a history of privacy scandals makes them the worst candidates for the job.
Karl Bode
9.19.18
Internet Insecurity

Apple Killed TouchID Live In Front of Thousands of Eyewitnesses

RIP TouchID, 2013-2018.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.12.18
rideshare

China Suspends Carpool App After Two Passengers Murdered

Hitch, run by rideshare app Didi Chuxing, has been shut down for the time being.
Kaleigh Rogers
9.11.18
crypto

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: We’re Very Committed to Encryption in WhatsApp

During a Senate hearing, Sandberg said Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, is still using end-to-end encryption, but did leave room for potential changes.
Joseph Cox
9.5.18
Gaming

Gun Violence Looms Over Gaming Events After Esports Mass Shooting

The Madden shooting has caused the gaming industry to reevaluate how it handles event security.
Matthew Gault
Emanuel Maiberg
8.29.18
Apple

Google Hacker Asks Tim Cook to Donate $2.45 Million In Unpaid iPhone Bug Bounties

A Google security researcher says that he's found 30 vulnerabilities in iOS that have made Apple's software more secure—and he wants the company to pay up.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.9.18
cold storage

A Blockchain Phone Is an Interesting Idea Until You Lose It

The upcoming Finney phone by Sirin Labs and the HTC Exodus let users keep their cryptocurrency in cold storage; but is being your own bank really such a good idea?
Jordan Pearson
7.12.18
Mum's The Word

The NSA Just Released 136 Historical Propaganda Posters

In the 1950s and 1960s, the NSA was very worried about employees spilling secrets. Here’s some of the best internal propaganda posters that taught them to keep their mouths shut.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.4.18