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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
The value of hyper-anonymous cryptocurrency Monero has risen 2,760% from 50¢ to $12 over the past year; the collective value of all Monero is close to $165M   —  For the cryptocurrency community, 2016 was a very good year.  Bitcoin doubled in price.  The far-out Bitcoin alternative Ethereum shot up by a factor of 10.
Jan 27, 2017, 6:05 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Open Whisper Systems, the developers behind Signal, use “domain fronting” for its Android app to bypass censorship in Egypt and UAE, with iOS update coming soon   —  Any subversive software developer knows its app has truly caught on when repressive regimes around the world start to block it.
Dec 21, 2016, 4:00 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
150 prominent filmmakers sign an open letter to major camera makers, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, and others, asking for default storage encryption   —  In the summer of 2013, when documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras was shooting a still-secret NSA leaker named Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room, she took security seriously.
Dec 14, 2016, 1:00 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
The White House releases recommendations from a nine-month study of US cybersecurity issues; it is now up to the Trump administration to implement them   —  The Obama White House has had to reckon with cybersecurity like no other presidential administration in history, from China's 2009 hack of Google …
Dec 6, 2016, 8:25 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Experts say election results should be audited to ease lingering doubts about voting systems   —  After an election marred by hacker intrusions that breached the Democratic National Committee and the email account of one of Hillary Clinton's top staffers, Americans are all too ready to believe …
Nov 23, 2016, 5:15 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Ex-Lulzsec hacker Sabu now leading penetration testing at Seattle-based Rhino Security Labs; his boss says he has already performed dozens of tests for clients   —  Six months ago, Hector Monsegur hit send on an email to about a dozen new hires on the IT staff of a certain Seattle-based tech …
Oct 23, 2016, 11:05 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Facebook Messenger has finished rolling out “Secret Conversations” to all 900M+ users for opt-in end-to-end encryption, available in its latest update   —  Last spring WhatsApp pushed out code adding a new layer of security to a billion users' apps, creating the largest end-to-end encrypted messaging network in history.
Oct 4, 2016, 5:55 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Google's tech incubator and think tank, Jigsaw, will soon release Conversation AI, a set of tools that use machine learning to combat online trolls   —  Around midnight one Saturday in January, Sarah Jeong was on her couch, browsing Twitter, when she spontane­ously wrote what she now bitterly refers to as …
Sep 19, 2016, 11:30 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Google's think tank Jigsaw develops program to dissuade aspiring ISIS recruits by redirecting them away from propaganda; 300K people averted in two-month pilot   —  Google has built a half-trillion-dollar business out of divining what people want based on a few words they type into a search field.
Sep 8, 2016, 6:20 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers find cryptographic keys shared by millions of Volkswagen vehicles can allow them to clone key fobs using cheap radio hardware   —  In 2013, when University of Birmingham computer scientist Flavio Garcia and a team of researchers were preparing to reveal a vulnerability that allowed …
Aug 11, 2016, 2:20 PMIn context

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