Ring's Smart Doorbell Let a Man Spy on His Ex-Boyfriend—Even After the Password Was Changed [Updated]

After breaking up with his boyfriend, Jesus Echezarreta changed the password on his Ring smart doorbell—twice. Still, his ex-boyfriend was able to download video from the home security device as well as remotely ring the doorbell in the middle of the night. The company says it fixed the security flaw that made this…

Digital Rights Groups Ask Congress for Help as Russia Ramps up Its War on Telegram

It’s been a few weeks since a Russian court ordered ISPs to block encrypted messaging service Telegram—and the country proceeded to break its own internet to enforce the ruling. Google and Amazon made changes that help the ban, and Russia has moved to blocking VPNs. Now, privacy advocates are asking Congress to step…

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Amazon Bends the Knee to Autocrats, Threatens to Cut Off Signal for Using Anti-Censorship Technique

Telegram has been putting up an impressive fight against the governments of Russia and Iran in high-profile efforts to censor the messaging service over the last few weeks. But we’ve heard little about its fellow encrypted messaging app Signal. Both services have used an anti-censorship technique called “domain…

The Nerd's Watch: All the TV and Movies Streaming in May That You Actually Care About

These days, knowing everything that’s coming to the popular streaming services is incredibly useful, but it can be hard to sift through all the titles to find the geeky things you’ll really want to watch. io9 is here to help—as your humble stewards, we’ve whittled down the new-addition lists to just the cool, nerdy,…