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Blind People Have Won the Right to Break Ebook DRM—for Now

By Damon Beres
Advocates will once again be granted a DMCA exception to make accessible versions of texts. They argue that it's far past time to make it permanent.
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Dark Web Drug Busts Lead to 150 Arrests

By Brian Barrett
Operation Dark HunTor spanned eight countries—and put the focus on sellers more than marketplaces.

This AI Resurrects Ancient Board Games—and Lets You Play Them

By Samantha HuiQi Yow
What tabletop games did our ancestors play in 1000 BC? A new research project wants to find out, and make them playable online too.

China Targets Extreme Internet Fandoms in a New Crackdown

By Jennifer Conrad, Kyle Mullin
Measures aimed at influencer and celebrity culture will reach into the screens of young people.

The Best VPNs to Protect Yourself Online

By Scott Gilbertson
It won’t solve all of your privacy problems, but a virtual private network can help make you a less tempting target for hackers.

Facebook Is Everywhere; Its Moderation Is Nowhere Close

By Tom Simonite
Human reviewers and AI filters struggle to police the flood of content—or understand the nuances in different Arabic dialects.

Inside the Facebook Papers

By WIRED Staff
A WIRED series dives into thousands of internal documents, showing a company rife with issues that it largely failed to address.

Facebook Failed the People Who Tried to Improve It

By Steven Levy
The “badge posts” of the company's former researchers offer the parting thoughts of the disillusioned.

11 Security Settings You Should Know About in Windows 11

By David Nield
Microsoft has rolled out its most secure operating system yet. Here's how to make the most of it.

International Operation Knocks Notorious REvil Group Offline

By Lily Hay Newman
Plus: Data theft in Argentina, a Sinclair Broadcast Group hack, and more of the week’s top security news.

A Look Inside Apple's Silicon Playbook

By Steven Levy
Plus: The infamous 2016 Macbook Pro, Gödel’s ontological proof, and a mascot’s moment of weakness.

New Sex Toy Standards Let Some Sensitive Details Slide

By Adam Rogers
The industry now has official guidance on design, materials, and more, but not security and privacy best practices.

States Are Toughening Up on Genetic Privacy

By Emily Mullin
California’s SB 41 is the latest to tighten regulations on the sensitive data collected by companies like 23andMe or Ancestry.

How Hackers Hijacked Thousands of YouTube Accounts

By Lily Hay Newman
Google has shed light on a spate of attacks that turned creator channels into cryptocurrency scam livestreams.

Hackers Keep Targeting the US Water Supply

By Brian Barrett
Plus: The biggest Twitch hack, an iOS zero day, and more of the week's top security news.

Missouri Threatens to Sue a Reporter Over a Security Flaw

By Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica
The governor warned that he would take legal action against a journalist who identified a vulnerability that exposed teachers’ Social Security numbers.

Facebook Isn't the Only Thing That Failed Free Speech

By Steven Levy
Plus: Zuck’s Georgetown speech, Microsoft’s upgrade plans, and William Shatner’s trip to space.

A Telegram Bot Told Iranian Hackers When They Got a Hit

By Brian Barrett
APT35 may not be the most dangerous group out there, but they've got a new phishing trick.