Hacked plastic surgery photos published online

Hacked plastic surgery photos published online 31 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images More than 25,000 private photographs have been posted online following a data breach at a plastic surgery clinic in Lithuania in March. Passport and credit card details were also stolen from the Grozio Chirurgija clinic, Lithuanian police said.…

‘Cash for hacking tools’ sparks debate

‘Cash for hacking tools’ sparks debate By Chris Foxx Technology reporter 31 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Security researchers are considering buying undetected software security vulnerabilities from a notorious group of hackers. The Shadow Brokers group has previously leaked exploits allegedly stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA), and…

Judy malware may have infected 36 million Android devices. Here’s how to protect yourself

Checkpoint Android malware spread by around 50 apps in the Google Play Store may have infected up to 36 million devices, security researchers at Checkpoint have warned. ADVERTISEMENT Viruses, trojans, malware, worms – what’s the difference? Viruses, trojans, malware, worms – what’s the difference? Dubbed Judy, due to many of the apps containing a character…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for May 31

Uber Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski over the Waymo trade secrets theft case, Android creator Andy Rubin reveals the new Essential PH-1 smartphone, ad-clicker malware has been downloaded millions of times from the Google Play store and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning…

Facebook sorry for Tiananmen picture frame rejection

Facebook sorry for Tiananmen picture frame rejection 31 May 2017 From the section China Image copyright Facebook / Fung Ka Keung Image caption Hong Kong activist Fung Ka Keung’s profile picture frame was later approved Facebook has apologised for “incorrectly” rejecting a Hong Kong activist’s profile picture frame referencing the Tiananmen massacre. Fung Ka Keung…

Andy Rubin takes the cover off his modular Essential PH-1 and Home assistant

Playground Studios Playground Studios, the company founded by Android creator Andy Rubin, has revealed its anticipated new mobile, Essential PH-1, alongside a standalone digital assistant, Essential Home. ADVERTISEMENT The phone, costing $699, features high-end specs with a bezel-free display that sees the screen come to the very edges of the device, even wrapping around the…

Ukraine raids offices of ‘Russian Google’

Ukraine raids offices of ‘Russian Google’ 30 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright AFP Image caption The search firm was recently hit with sanctions in Ukraine Russian search giant Yandex has had its Kiev and Odessa offices raided by Ukraine’s State Security Service (SBU). The raids were part of a treason investigation seeking…

WIRED Energy 2017: The future of energy

WIRED Energy will gather some of the most influential entrepreneurs and business leaders changing how the world accesses and uses energy, for a one-day curated event and networking opportunity. The summit brings together the dynamic startups and energy companies making smart living and working possible – ideal for leading thinkers, academics, practitioners, entrepreneurs, investors and…

Who built Silicon Valley? Blame the hippies

Mark Weaver If you want to understand where the iPhone came from, head to the rolling hills of Northern California’s Mendocino County and the home of Hog Farm – one of the US’s oldest, and most successful, hippy communes. “Hippies were setting up communes and dropping out of mainstream society to build their own communities,”…

Liverpool One shopping centre screen ‘hacked’

Liverpool One shopping centre screen ‘hacked’ By Chris Baraniuk Technology reporter 30 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Theantnest Image caption Over the weekend, an outdoor screen displayed a message apparently posted by hackers A large digital billboard outside a Liverpool shopping centre was apparently hacked on 29 May. “We suggest you improve…

WannaCry ransom notice analysis suggests Chinese link

WannaCry ransom notice analysis suggests Chinese link 29 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright AFP Image caption The WannaCry worm encrypted computer files and demanded a random to unlock them New analysis suggests Chinese-speaking criminals may have been behind the WannaCry ransomware that affected thousands of organisations worldwide. Researchers from Flashpoint looked at…

Technology has changed the face of politics, but the enemies of free speech are catching up fast

In January 2011, anti-government protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square were in urgent need of medical supplies. Sixteen hundred kilometres away, a pharmacy student used Twitter and Google Docs to organise the delivery of essential provisions to ten field hospitals that had been hastily constructed to patch up those injured from conflict with security forces. The…

What I’ve learned: Lyst’s Chris Morton shares his valuable business insights

Subscribe to WIRED Chris Morton co-founded Lyst in 2010. The fashion search engine provides the inventories of more than 11,000 designers and stores, including Burberry, Valentino, Alexander McQueen and J Crew. It has raised £39 million since 2010, with backing from 14W, Accel Partners, Balderton, Draper Esprit and the teams behind luxury-goods conglomerate LVMH. Morton…

BA aims to resume most UK flights

BA aims to resume most UK flights 28 May 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Reuters British Airways says it is aiming to run a “near normal schedule” at Gatwick and the “majority of services” from Heathrow on Sunday after IT failure led to all flights being cancelled. Serious problems with BA’s systems led…

British Airways: Computer problems cause flight delays

British Airways: Computer problems cause flight delays 27 May 2017 From the section UK Image copyright @TimReidCE Image caption Some passengers said they missed flights after BA’s mobile app system went down Computer problems are causing delays for British Airways passengers worldwide, the airline has said. The carrier apologised for the “global system outage” and…

Nasa’s Juno mission reveals cyclones the size of Earth engulf Jupiter’s poles

This image shows Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by Nasa’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles. The oval features are cyclones, up to 600 miles in diameter. Multiple images taken with the JunoCam instrument on three separate orbits were combined to show all areas in daylight, enhanced colour, and stereographic projection Nasa/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher…

Theresa May: Online extremism ‘must be tackled’

Theresa May: Online extremism ‘must be tackled’ 26 May 2017 From the section Election 2017 Image copyright Science Photo Library Theresa May will urge world leaders to do more to combat online extremism, saying the fight against so-called Islamic State is “moving from the battlefield to the internet”. Speaking about counter-terrorism at the G7 summit…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for May 26

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Nasa’s Juno spacecraft has sent back unrivalled new data and imagery from Jupiter, the AlphaGo AI has won its second round match against humanity’s champion, Mark Zuckerberg has told Harvard students to use their privilege to tackle disease, climate change and inequality, and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get…

Faulty analysis could lead to a nuclear fallout ‘worse than Fukushima’ in the US

This image captures the spread of radioactivity from a hypothetical fire in a high-density spent-fuel pool at the Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant in Pennsylvania based on real weather patterns from July 2015. New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C would all be contaminated Michael Schoeppner, Princeton University, Program on Science and Global Security…

Glitch hits Pension Regulator website

Glitch hits Pension Regulator website By Brian Milligan Personal Finance reporter 25 May 2017 From the section Business Image copyright DWP Image caption Adverts featuring a giant hairy monster were used to raise employer awareness Thousands of small businesses ordered to register for auto-enrolment pensions face fines after part of the regulator’s website crashed. An…

Russian postal service ‘hit by WannaCry’

Russian postal service ‘hit by WannaCry’ 25 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ransomware cyber-attacks have risen 50% globally over the last 12 months Three employees of the Russian postal service claim that it was hit by this month’s Wannacry global ransomware attack and is still experiencing problems, according…

Ancestry.com denies exploiting users’ DNA

Ancestry.com denies exploiting users’ DNA By Harry Kretchmer You and Yours, BBC Radio 4 25 May 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Bloomberg A leading genealogy service, Ancestry.com, has denied exploiting users’ DNA following criticism of its terms and conditions. The US company’s DNA testing service has included a right to grant Ancestry a…

DARPA’s hypersonic Phantom Express spaceplane gets sign off to be built

An artist’s impression of Boeing’s ‘Phantom Express’ XS-1 hypersonic jet Boeing The Pentagon has given Boeing approval to build and test its reusable military XS-1 spaceplane, which will be capable of launching into space at short notice. ADVERTISEMENT The go-ahead was given by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the US Department of Defense’s technological…

Google AI defeats human Go champion

Google AI defeats human Go champion 25 May 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chinese Go player Ke Jie has lost two games to AlphaGo Google’s DeepMind AlphaGo artificial intelligence has defeated the world’s number one Go player Ke Jie. AlphaGo secured the victory after winning the second game in a…