Israel responded to a Hamas cyberattack by blowing up the building that apparently housed the responsible hacking group, a new escalation in cyberwar doctrine. Google for the first time lets you limit how long it keeps your data—so go do that. And the CIA became the first intelligence agency to establish an official presence on the Tor anonymous network. For some reason.
We also took a look inside China’s draconian surveillance of the Muslim Uyghur population, and explained why yet another major dark web takedown hasn’t actually rattled the underground internet drug trade. We explained why artificial intelligence doesn’t actually “hallucinate,” as had previously been thought, and what the practice known as application shielding does—and doesn’t—do to keep code safe from hackers. We traced the strange journey of a wicked NSA zero-day that multiple hackers got their hands on illicitly, and detailed the failings of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, currently being used to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Elsewhere, a new indictment raises questions about the motives behind major health care hack. And in perhaps the least surprising news of the week, major cryptocurrency exchange Binance got hacked to the tune of $40 million.
And there’s more! Each week we round up the news that we didn’t break or cover in depth but that you should know about. As always, click on the headlines to read the full stories. And stay safe out there.
Robert Mueller Won’t Testify This Week After All
While a firm date hadn’t been set, special counsel Robert Mueller had been widely expected to testify about his report on Russian election interference—and Donald Trump’s obstructive tendencies—as early as May 15. Alas, it’s not to be. After Trump himself flip-flopping on whether he’s OK with it and the Justice Department sending mixed
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