After a long stretch of gloom, there was at least one positive development in the security world this week: Mr. Robot is back! We spoke with one of the show’s writers to help preview the upcoming season for you, and also took a look at how the show manages to get so much right about hacking—especially when so many others get it wrong.
Over in the real world, Fiat Chrysler announced its first “bug bounty” program, making it also the first major automaker to pay out for hacker-found flaws in its security. Don’t get too excited though; the max payout is $1,500. Another defense measure against vehicular vulnerabilities is this prototype tool, developed by a team of University of Michigan researchers, that helps block external attempts to take over a car’s control system.
Elsewhere, an appeals court gave privacy advocates a major win, declaring that the Justice Department can’t use a search warrant to collect data from outside the US (in this case, a Microsoft server based in Ireland). And of course, there was a Pokémon angle: After launching with sweeping access to iOS player Google accounts, Pokémon Go pulled back its permissions in an update this week. Go ahead and download that before you catch your next Clefairy.
But there was more: Each Saturday we round up the news stories that we didn’t break or cover in depth at WIRED, but which deserve your attention. As always, click on the headlines to read the full story in each link posted. And stay safe out there.
In Taiwan this week, officials suspect two Russians of pilfering over three dozen ATMs for a cumulative haul of over two million dollars. CCTV footage captured the thieves holding up cellphones to the cash-dispensers before looting …