Latest from Craig Timberg

Huge hack reveals embarrassing details of who’s behind Proud Boys and other far-right websites

Epik long has been the favorite Internet company of the far-right, providing domain services to QAnon theorists, Proud Boys and other instigators of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol .
  • Sep 21, 2021

Human rights advocates decry Apple, Google decision to pull Navalny app as Russia voting begins

The Silicon Valley tech giants had been under pressure to remove the “Smart Voting” tool, which encourages voters to back candidates not aligned with President Vladimir Putin’s party.
  • Sep 17, 2021

Update your Apple devices now. New Pegasus hack prompts company to issue new software to fix iMessage vulnerability.

Spyware researchers have captured what they say is a new exploit from NSO Group’s Pegasus surveillance tool targeting iPhones and other Apple devices through iMessage, in yet another sign that chat apps have become a popular way to hack into the devices of political dissidents and human rights activists.
  • Sep 14, 2021

A secretive Pentagon program that started on Trump’s last day in office just ended. The mystery has not.

The program had drawn scrutiny because of its unusual timing, starting amid a politically charged changeover of federal power, and because of its enormous scale.
  • Sep 10, 2021

Facebook made big mistake in data it provided to researchers, undermining academic work

The error resulted from Facebook accidentally excluding data from U.S. users who had no detectable political leanings — a group that amounted to roughly half of all of Facebook’s users in the United States.
  • Sep 10, 2021

Russia’s Internet censor demands Google, Apple remove an opposition app from their stores

The move follows weeks of private demands by the censorship agency, Roskomnadzor, to both companies that they remove the app. The threat is the latest in a months-long campaign to remove opposition material from the Internet.
  • Sep 2, 2021

Amazon Web Services disables ISIS propaganda website it had hosted since April

AWS took the action after The Washington Post reported that the site relied on Amazon's cloud-computing services.
  • Aug 27, 2021

Taliban websites operating in five languages go dark

It was not immediately clear who took the Taliban sites offline. All five previously had protection from CloudFlare, a San Francisco-based company that helps websites defend against cyberattacks.
  • Aug 20, 2021

Today’s Taliban uses sophisticated social media practices that rarely violate the rules

The tactics show such a high degree of skill that analysts believe at least one public relations firm is advising the Taliban on how to push key themes and amplify messages across platforms.
  • Aug 18, 2021