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Inside the World’s Biggest Hacker Rickroll

As a graduation prank, four high school students hijacked 500 screens across six school buildings to troll their classmates and teachers.

The Low Threshold for Face Recognition in New Delhi

Police in India's capital say they only require an 80 percent accuracy rate for matches, raising new alarm bells for civil liberty advocates.

The Android 13 Privacy Settings You Should Update Now

Google’s new mobile operating system has arrived. Take back some control with these privacy and security tips.

Spyware Scandals Are Ripping Through Europe

The latest crisis that rocked the Greek government shows the bloc’s surveillance problem goes beyond the notorious NSO Group.

The Feds Gear Up for a Privacy Crackdown

Plus: Cisco gets hit by ransomware, Twilio gets phished, a new way to fight email spammers, and much more.
All Access

A Single Flaw Broke Every Layer of Security in MacOS

An injection flaw allowed a researcher to access all files on a Mac. Apple issued a fix, but some machines may still be vulnerable.
Cybercrime

The US Offers a $10M Bounty for Intel on Conti Ransomware Gang

The State Department organization has called for people to share details about five key members of the hacking group.
Unfollow

This Anti-Tracking Tool Checks If You’re Being Followed

The Raspberry Pi-powered device can scan for phones around you. If it keeps spotting the same one, it’ll send you an alert.
Glitchy McFlatface

The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun

It cost a researcher only $25 worth of parts to create a tool that allows custom code to run on the satellite dishes.
GDPR

Will Europe Force a Facebook Blackout?

Regulators are close to stopping Meta from sending EU data to the US, bringing a years-long privacy battle to a head.
Critical Update

Apple Just Patched 39 iPhone Security Bugs

Plus: A Google Chrome patch licks the DevilsTongue spyware, Android’s kernel gets a tune-up, and Microsoft fixes 84 flaws.
Security Roundup

You Pay More When Companies Get Hacked

Plus: Google delays the end of cookies (again), EU officials were targeted with Pegasus spyware, and more of the top security news.
Counter Measures

How Tor Is Fighting—and Beating—Russian Censorship

Russia has been trying to block the anonymous browser since December—with mixed results.
Splinternet

Russia Is Quietly Ramping Up Its Internet Censorship Machine

Since Vladimir Putin blocked Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in March, Russia has been pushing away from the global internet at a rapid pace.
Loose Wire

The Unsolved Mystery Attack on Internet Cables in Paris

As new details about the scope of the sabotage emerge, the perpetrators—and the reason for their vandalism—remain unknown.
Security Roundup

Amazon Handed Ring Videos to Cops Without Warrants

Plus: A wild Indian cricket scam, an elite CIA hacker is found guilty of passing secrets to WikiLeaks, and more of the week's top security news.

A Privacy Panic Flares Up in India After Police Pull Payment Data

Nonprofit donors had their information given to law enforcement without consent, highlighting limited data protections in the world’s largest democracy.
Cyber Warfare

Russian ‘Hacktivists’ Are Causing Trouble Far Beyond Ukraine

The pro-Russian group Killnet is targeting countries supporting Ukraine. It has declared "war" against 10 nations.
Lock Up

Will These Algorithms Save You From Quantum Threats?

Quantum-proof encryption is here—decades before it can be put to the test.
Instascam

How to Avoid the Worst Instagram Scams

Fake sellers. Competitions. Crypto cons. There are plenty of grifts on the platform, but you don’t have to get sucked in.
Security Roundup

Gun Database Breach Leaks Details on Thousands of Owners

Plus: Indian hacker-for-hire groups, Chinese student espionage efforts, and more.
Electric Dream

Is Your New Car a Threat to National Security?

Putting sensor-packed Chinese cars on Western roads could be a privacy issue. Just ask Tesla.
Critical Update

You Need to Update Windows and Chrome Right Now

Plus: Google issues fixes for Android bugs. And Cisco, Citrix, SAP, WordPress, and more issue major patches for enterprise systems.
Crumb Trails

‘Supercookies’ Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm

A German ad-tech trial features what Vodafone calls “digital tokens.” Should you be worried?
Encryption

How to Move Your WhatsApp Chats Across Devices and Apps

It's never been easier to switch between iPhone and Android—and to get your messages out of the Meta ecosystem entirely.