Security News This Week: Cool, Cool, Russia Tested a Space Weapon

Security News This Week: Cool, Cool, Russia Tested a Space Weapon

  • Twitter hack details, a botnet vigilante, and more of the week’s top security news.

THIS WEEK, WIRED broke the news of a Russian military intelligence hacking campaign that dates all the way back to December 2018. The targets included government organizations and energy utilities, as Russia’s Fancy Bear hackers used a variety of techniques to break into targeted email accounts. While the intrusions don’t appear to be election-related, they’re nonetheless alarming given Fancy Bear’s history of aggression.

Elsewhere in cybersecurity this week, the theme was “finally getting around to it.” Twitter cracked down on the QAnon conspiracy theory, banning thousands of accounts and restricting the spread of related posts. Apple starting making a special, hackable iPhone available to trusted security researchers almost a year after first announcing that it would do so. And the Justice Department charged two Chinese nationals in connection with a decade-long hacking spree that blurred the lines between crime and espionage.

Thieves have figured out a new way to jackpot ATMs, which is a fun way of saying “force them to spit out piles of cash.”

We also explored how family phone plans put domestic violence victims in continuing danger—and don’t make it easy to get out. If you think you may be a target of stalkerware, here’s how to check your devices and rid yourself of it. And if you think one of your online accounts might have been hacked, here’s how to know for sure and what to do about it.

And there’s more! Every Saturday we round up the security and privacy stories that we didn’t break or report on in depth but think you should know about. Click on the headlines to read them, and stay safe out there.