Twitch’s First Transparency Report Is Here—and Long Overdue

Twitch today released its first-ever transparency report, detailing its efforts to safeguard the 26 million people who visit its site daily. When it comes to transparency, the decade-old, Amazon-owned service had a lot of catching up to do. Twitch benefitted from a 40 percent increase in channels between early and late 2020, buoyed by the […]

The SolarWinds Body Count Now Includes NASA and the FAA

Some blasts from the past surfaced this week, including revelations that a Russia-linked hacking group has repeatedly targeted the US electrical grid, along with oil and gas utilities and other industrial firms. Notably, the group has ties to the notorious industrial-control GRU hacking group Sandworm. Meanwhile, researchers revealed evidence this week that an elite NSA […]

A Trippy Visualization Charts the Internet’s Growth Since 1997

In November 2003, security researcher Barrett Lyon was finishing college at California State University, Sacramento while working full time as a penetration tester—a hacker companies hire to find weaknesses in their own digital systems. At the beginning of each job, Lyon would do some basic reconnaissance of the customer’s infrastructure; “case the joint,” as he […]

Sites Have a Sneaky New Way to Track You Across the Web

This week saw the first known appearance of malware written specifically for Apple’s M1 processors, in inevitable but still somewhat concerning development, especially given how little time it took the bad guys to adjust to the new ARM-based architecture. Fortunately, this week Apple also put out its latest Platform Security Guide, which should help security […]

Apple Offers Its Closest Look Yet at iOS and MacOS Security

Apple is a notoriously secretive and insular organization, a tendency that has often put it at odds with the security research community. The company is often inscrutable about the technical details of how its products and security features really work. So the resource security researchers say they have come to rely on most for breadcrumbs […]

Parler Says It’s Back | WIRED

Parler.com is getting back online after being kicked off Amazon’s hosting service, with the controversial social network saying it no longer relies on “Big Tech” for its web infrastructure. A Parler announcement Monday said its relaunched website is “built on sustainable, independent technology and not reliant on so-called ‘Big Tech’ for its operations.” Amazon cut […]

A Billion-Dollar Dark Web Crime Lord Calls It Quits

Just over a week ago, an employee at a water treatment treatment plant in Oldsmar, Florida noticed that the mouse on his screen started moving seemingly on its own. Soon it was clicking through controls, raising the supply of lye in the water supply from 100 parts per million to 1,100ppm, enough to cause serious […]

A Windows Defender Vulnerability Lurked Undetected for 12 Years

Just because a vulnerability is old doesn’t mean it’s not useful. Whether it’s Adobe Flash hacking or the EternalBlue exploit for Windows, some methods are just too good for attackers to abandon, even if they’re years past their prime. But a critical 12-year-old bug in Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows Defender antivirus was seemingly overlooked by attackers […]

Government Demands for Amazon Data Shot Up 800 Percent in 2020

The last few years have seen a scourge of account takeovers across social media, with no more visible example than last year’s audacious Twitter hack. This week, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok took part in a coordinated action to reclaim hundreds of accounts that had been used to facilitate trading of those ill-gotten handles within the […]