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Europe’s Plan to Wean Itself off Russian Gas Just Might Work

Russia has made good on threats to reduce supply—leaving the EU to navigate several tough winters of energy squeezes.

TikTok Is ‘Shadow-Promoting’ Banned Content in Russia

The company said it would prevent Russia-based users from uploading new content—but their videos are still showing up on FYPs.

The Rise and Fall of a Bitcoin Mining Sensation

Compass Mining grew quickly during crypto’s halcyon days. Now, its customers and their thousands of mining machines are stuck.

2 Refugee Crises—and Their Dark Lessons for the Coming Famine

Disinformation dehumanized one group of refugees as a 'demographic weapon,' even as another was welcomed with open arms.

Russia’s War in Ukraine Reveals More Problems in Space

While Roscosmos will likely continue its commitments on the ISS for at least a few more years, it’s not clear what comes next.

You Pay More When Companies Get Hacked

Plus: Google delays the end of cookies (again), EU officials were targeted with Pegasus spyware, and more of the top security news.

How Tor Is Fighting—and Beating—Russian Censorship

Russia has been trying to block the anonymous browser since December—with mixed results.

Russia Is Quietly Ramping Up Its Internet Censorship Machine

Since Vladimir Putin blocked Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in March, Russia has been pushing away from the global internet at a rapid pace.

The January 6 Secret Service Text Scandal Turns Criminal

Plus: The FCC cracks down on car warranty robocalls, Thai activists get targeted by NSO's Pegasus, and the Russia-Ukraine cyberwar continues. 

Russian ‘Hacktivists’ Are Causing Trouble Far Beyond Ukraine

The pro-Russian group Killnet is targeting countries supporting Ukraine. It has declared "war" against 10 nations.

The Post-Roe Privacy Nightmare Has Arrived

Plus: Microsoft details Russia’s Ukraine hacking campaign, Meta’s election integrity efforts dwindle, and more.

Russia Should Pay for Its Environmental War Crimes

The legal challenges are steep, but scientists are recording the war’s devastating impact on Ukraine’s land and wildlife.

In Russia, Western Planes Are Falling Apart

After months of sanctions that have made critical repair parts difficult to access, aircraft operators are running out of options. 

Russia Is Taking Over Ukraine’s Internet

In occupied Ukraine, people’s internet is being routed to Russia—and subjected to its powerful censorship and surveillance machine.

How Ukraine Is Winning the Propaganda War

As the Russian siege drags on, Ukraine's media campaign has shifted from glorified myths to accounts of everyday bravery.

Smartphones Blur the Line Between Civilian and Combatant

In Ukraine, civilians are valiantly assisting the army via apps—and challenging a tenet of international law in the process.

Google's Russian Empire Faces an Uncertain Future

After filing for bankruptcy, Google could withdraw from Russia or antagonize the country's regulators from overseas.

Volodymyr Zelensky on War, Technology, and the Future of Ukraine

In a one-on-one interview with WIRED, the embattled president expresses clarity amidst the chaos.

How the Kremlin Infiltrated Russia’s Facebook 

VKontakte was created to empower free speech, but it has instead enabled government censorship and arrests.

Open Source Intelligence May Be Changing Old-School War

Intelligence collected from public information online could be impacting traditional warfare and altering the calculus between large and small powers.

This Hacktivist Site Lets You Prank Call Russian Officials

To protest the war in Ukraine, WasteRussianTime.today auto-dials Russian government officials, connects them to each other, and lets you listen in to their confusion.

The US Plan to Document War Crimes in Ukraine

The government-funded Conflict Observatory will use open source tools and satellite imagery to gather evidence of human rights violations.

How One Company Helps Keep Russia’s TV Propaganda Machine Online

Russia is using satellites controlled by French operator Eutelsat to broadcast state-run programming. A grassroots group is pushing for that to stop.

The Case for War Crimes Charges Against Russia’s Sandworm Hackers

A group of human rights lawyers and investigators has called on the Hague to bring the first-ever “cyber war crimes” charges against Russia’s most dangerous hackers.