The Best WIRED Security Stories Of 2020

PLUS: The hacker who saved the internet, a poker cheating scandal, and Zoom security.

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12.30.20

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COVER STORY

The Confessions of the Hacker Who Saved the Internet

BY ANDY GREENBERG

At 22, Marcus Hutchins put a stop to the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen. Then he was arrested by the FBI. This is his untold story.

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SHOWDOWN AT STONES

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

BY BRENDAN I. KOERNER

Mike Postle was on an epic winning streak at a California casino. Veronica Brill thought he had to be playing dirty. Let the chips fall where they may.

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PEEPERS

How to Keep Your Zoom Chats Private and Secure

BY DAVID NIELD

Trolls. Prying bosses. Zoom's a great video chat platform, but a few simple steps also make it a safe one.

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BOOK EXCERPT

How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator

BY ANDY GREENBERG

A secret experiment in 2007 proved that hackers could devastate power grid equipment beyond repair—with a file no bigger than a gif.


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YOUR EYES ONLY

How to Check Your Devices for Stalkerware

BY DAVID NIELD

You deserve privacy. Here's how to check your phone, laptop, and online accounts to make sure no one's looking over your shoulder.

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BUYING GUIDE

You Need a Password Manager. Here Are the Best Ones

BY SCOTT GILBERTSON

Keep your logins under lock and key. We picked our favorites for PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, and web browsers.

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OVERSHIPPING

How Four Brothers Allegedly Fleeced $19 Million From Amazon

BY LOUISE MATSAKIS

The scheme involved 7,000 $94 toothbrushes, according to law enforcement.

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PRIVACY

All the Ways Facebook Tracks You—and How to Limit It

BY DAVID NIELD

If you have a Facebook account—and even if you don't—the company is going to collect data about you. But you can at least control how it gets used.

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NETWORK EFFECTS

How to Secure Your Wi-Fi Router and Protect Your Home Network

BY DAVID NIELD

Router security has improved a bunch in recent years, but there are still steps you can take to lock yours down even better.

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