Foreign secretary condemns ‘cynical and reckless’ bid to disrupt Games, before they were postponed
Andy GreenbergTwo other news items related to Sandworm's Olympics attack, big and small. First, UK's NCSC and US intelligence today (separately from DOJ) revealed that they'd seen evidence of Russian hackers preparing a repeat attack on the now-delayed Tokyo Olympics.
The Department of Justice has named and charged six men for allegedly carrying out many of the most costly cyberattacks in history.
Andy GreenbergBig news: DOJ today unsealed charges against Sandworm, naming the Russian GRU hackers who have for 5 years crossed every red line in cyberwar from blackouts to disrupting the Olympics to unleashing the NotPetya worm that cost $10 billion. wired.com/story/us-indic… < Updates to come
Andy GreenbergSecond, DOJ indictment says Sandworm tried to breach two Olympics partners responsible for timekeeping. Perhaps an attempt to sabotage results of sporting events, not just the Wifi, app, ticketing, screens that were ultimately disrupted. All updates here
The company's flip-flopping on the policy after banning a shady New York Post story highlights the challenges facing social media in 2020.
Andy GreenbergDespite Twitter's reversal on its "hacked materials" policy and comments about accommodating journalism and whistleblowing, it's still blocking all links to leak site DDoSecrets, which published the very newsworthy #BlueLeaks trove of police docs in June.
Cory Doctorow's Little Brother series has been a young-adult sci-fi bible for teen hacktivists. But with the latest and darkest book in the trilogy, it's all grown up.
Andy GreenbergI interviewed @doctorow about the influence his Little Brother young-adult sci-fi books have had on a generation of hackers—and why the latest, now-fully-adult third book in the series takes a much darker approach to tech, surveillance and politics.
Top department officials were “a driving force” behind President Trump’s child separation policy, a draft investigation report said.
Andy GreenbergThe Trump administration will go down in history for passively failing to act as 210,000+ Americans died of Covid-19. But we should never forget or forgive that it also actively worked to orphan children at the border as young as breastfeeding infants.
The tool attacks a device’s UEFI firmware—which makes it especially hard to detect and destroy.
Andy GreenbergIt's been 5 years since the Italian hacker-for-hire contractor Hacking Team had its tools stolen and dumped online. Now a China-linked hacker group is reusing the defunct company's leaked UEFI spyware to infect the deep recesses of victims' computers.
New clues indicate that APT28 may be behind a mysterious intrusion that US officials disclosed last week.
Andy GreenbergThat CISA warning last week about mystery hackers breaching a US federal agency? It was likely about Russia's GRU spies known as Fancy Bear/APT28. IP addresses in the CISA doc matched APT28 IPs in a Department of Energy report and FBI victim notification.
A group known as Barium allegedly attacked hundreds of targets around the globe—and manipulated in-game goods and currency.
Andy GreenbergResearchers puzzled for years over the Chinese hackers known as APT41/Barium/Winnti, who spy for China's MSS but also moonlight in cybercrime. Today's DOJ indictments allege one subgroup is a contractor called Chengdu 404 w/ a history of criminal hacking.
Microsoft has revealed that the GRU hacking group has attacked hundreds of organizations over the last year, many of them tied to the upcoming election.
Andy GreenbergThey're back: Microsoft found Fancy Bear, the same Russian GRU hackers who carried out the hack-and-leak operations against the DNC and Clinton campaign in 2016, have been targeting political campaigns, parties and consultants ahead of November.
Five out of six brands tested by researchers would have allowed hackers to track kids—and in some cases eavesdrop on them.
Andy GreenbergIn a study of smartwatches for kids, 5 out of 6 had security flaws that let hackers track kids' locations. Three allowed remote eavesdropping. All despite years of similar warnings, and even now some bugs not fixed. Don't put these on your kids.
The argument hinges in part on psychiatrists' testimony that Assange is a high suicide risk.
Andy GreenbergJulian Assange's extradition hearing began today in London. Here are the central arguments his lawyers are making to keep him out of the US: wired.com/story/julian-a… They include doctors' testimony he has Aspergers, depression, PTSD, hid a razor blade "for self-harm" in prison.
Capacity issues at the two largest printing companies are among the factors creating havoc for authors and publishers.
Andy GreenbergFor anyone who has tried to get a copy of SANDWORM and found it's out of stock at some of the usual places...this is what's going on: nytimes.com/2020/08/27/boo… Please give it a few days—reprint on the way—or check out the ebook/audiobook. (Big fan of @mark_bramhall's reading)
Elon Musk confirmed Thursday night that a ransomware gang had approached a Gigafactory employee with alleged promises of a big payout.
Andy Greenberg"They drank heavily till last call...At that point, KRIUCHKOV stated his true reason for traveling to the United States." The criminal complaint for this insider ransomware plot, which @elonmusk confirms targeted Tesla, reads like an Elmore Leonard script.
In the second part of a Get WIRED series, we go inside one man's mission to bring to light one of factory farming's most notorious practices.
Andy GreenbergNew podcast episode: How animal rights activists pulled off a remarkable act of surveillance, hiding cameras that recorded the meat industry "euthanizing" a glut of pigs it couldn't slaughter due to the pandemic—by suffocating/cooking them alive for hours.