Tor Users Typically Live in Highly Liberal or Highly Authoritarian States
This article originally appeared at Motherboard. You might assume that people in the most oppressive regimes wouldn’t use the Tor anonymity network because of severe restrictions on technology or communication. On the other hand, you might think that people in the most liberal settings would have no immediate need... Read more
U.S. Charges Seven Iranians With Cyber Attacks on Top Banks
This article originally appeared at Motherboard. On Thursday, the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against seven Iranians, charging them with a slew of hacking offenses against U.S. banks, companies and other targets. The individuals were allegedly contracted by the Iranian government. One of the attacks mentioned in the... Read more
Dark Web Policing May Threaten National Sovereignty
This article originally appeared at Motherboard. As crime continues to proliferate on the so-called dark web, law enforcement agencies are sometimes having to work outside of their jurisdiction. When a suspected criminal acts on the dark web, authorities are unlikely to know where in the world he or she... Read more
A Journalist’s Guide to Reporting a Hacking
This article originally appeared at Motherboard. Reams of apparent names, telephone numbers, email addresses and job titles of law enforcement employees scroll on my screen. I’ve been provided the supposed details of 20,000 FBI staff and contractors, as well as 9,000 DHS employees by an anonymous hacker, and he... Read more
The Largest Military Agency You’ve Never Heard Of
This article originally appeared at Motherboard. The United States has so thoroughly industrialized war that we rarely think about the clothes, food, oil and weapons necessary to fight a modern war. But, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 bases in 80 countries, logistics and supply chains are more important... Read more
The Bionic Warrior
This article originally appeared at Motherboard. It was Aug. 15, 2012, when Jeremy Maddamma left Afghanistan on a stretcher. Maddamma, a U.S. Air Force pararescueman, was on a mission to rescue Afghan civilians after multiple suicide bombers hit Zaranj, a city on the Iranian border. He remembers the gunshot... Read more
The Problem With Using Metadata to Justify Drone Strikes
This article originally appeared at Motherboard. The U.S. military maintains that its drone program delivers deadly “targeted strikes” against its enemies overseas, and yet, reports of civilians being killed by drones keep pouring in. Secret documents prepared as part of a Pentagon report on the U.S. drone program in... Read more
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