Another week, another crisis—The U.S. is reportedly launching cyberattacks on assets tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, including a group of hackers believed to spy on ships passing through the Gulf of Oman and on computer-controlled rocket and missile launchers, in retaliation for a series of allegedly Iranian attacks on tankers passing through the region. According to a Sunday report in the New York Times, this is all part of a plan to prevent an escalation of tensions in part by deploying cyberweapons.
Elsewhere, Gizmodo’s reporters covered the researchers who “lost” 17,000 wallets in hundreds of cities around the globe to see who would return them, a bizarre narwhal-beluga hybrid, why it’s so goddamn rainy this year, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s underwhelming first attempt at LGBTQ+ representation. We also took at a look at the mysterious Khyber crystals of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Google’s abandonment of tablet manufacturing, and which extinct animal would make the best pet. (There’s a raptor on the list, but... Probably not the raptor you’re thinking of.)
All this and more below, in this week’s best of Gizmodo: