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Automakers Are Telling Your Insurance Company How You Really Drive

How do you know the internet has a deepfake porn problem? Just look at copyright takedown requests. WIRED found this week that Google is receiving thousands of Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaints for deepfake nudes, most of which are published by just a handful of websites. Experts say the deluge of DMCA takedown requests is evidence that Google should delist the offending sites from search. In Texas, meanwhile, a federal court upheld the state’s age-verification requirements for porn sites, which could lead to even more lawsuits.

In a win for privacy advocates, Airbnb announced on Monday that it will ban the use of indoor security cameras at short-term rental properties around the world. The ban extends to outdoor areas where there is a “greater expectation of privacy,” such as saunas or outdoor showers. The company has long banned the use of hidden cameras and required hosts to tell guests where it has security cameras installed. Hosts who violate the security cam ban could have their properties removed from Airbnb.

Cryptocurrency firm Binance’s troubles have gone from bad to downright scary. Two of the company’s executives—Tigran Gambaryan, a former financial crimes investigator for the IRS, and UK-based government affairs specialist Nadeem Anjarwalla, have been held for weeks by Nigeria’s government amid its broader crackdown on cryptocurrency. Neither man has been charged with any crime, and their families are asking the US and UK governments for help securing their release.

In case you’re wondering: No, the US government isn’t hiding evidence of aliens, according to a new Pentagon report. But it sure seems to be hiding something, raising more questions about what’s out there if that thing isn’t UFOs. Elsewhere in the world of government secrets, the US House Intelligence Committee chair recently held a closed-door meeting in which he urged lawmakers to block privacy reforms to a major US surveillance program by citing how it could be used to surveil US-based protesters, further raising civil liberties concerns. Congress’ efforts to renew that program, known as Section 702, remain ongoing.

Donald Trump this week earned enough delegates in the 2024 Republican primary to officially win the party’s nomination. If Trump does win another term in the White House, experts fear he could use a slate of “emergency powers” to carry out an authoritarian agenda—and there’s little the other branches of government could do to stop him.

Finally, reporters at Der Spiegel, Recorder, The Washington Post, and WIRED collaborated on an investigation into a global network of violent predators who use major platforms like Discord, Telegram, and even Roblox to target children and extort them into committing horrific acts of abuse—or worse.

And that’s not all. Each week, we round up the security news we didn’t cover in-depth ourselves. Click the headlines to read the full stories, and stay safe out there.

Automakers Are Telling Your Insurance Company How You Really DriveInsurance companies have long offered discounts to drivers who’ll carry GPS devices or download smartphone apps that track their driving habits. But when wary drivers refuse, insurers find other ways of monitoring their driving. Data brokers like LexisNexus are buying people’s car data directly from manufacturers, such as General Motors, which are making a killing by selling it off. This data is then used to create “risk” scores for individual drivers, which insurance providers use to set premiums. The businesses claim the data-sharing is consensual, but most drivers have no idea what’s happening. Drivers whose risk scores are shared with insurance providers often see their monthly insurance payments skyrocket.

The Bitcoin Fog Case Ends in a Guilty VerdictThe operator of a darknet cryptocurrency “mixing” service called Bitcoin Fog faces a maximum of 20 years in prison after his conviction this week by a federal jury in Washington, DC. Roman Sterlingov, 35, ran Bitcoin Fog between 2011 and 2021, moving roughly $400 million worth of currency, much of which, prosecutors say, was tied to narcotics, identity theft, and cybercrime. Sterlingov had denied founding Bitcoin Fog in interviews with WIRED; however, the US Justice Department countered that claim in court with blockchain analysis and a trial of financial paperwork.

Popular Safes Contain Secret BackdoorsTwo commercial safe makers have been called out for installing backdoors in their safes, according to a letter by Ron Wyden, a US senator from Oregon. The reset codes are one reason the Department of Defense has banned the safes from being used inside the US government. Knowledge of the codes, which Wyden says leaves consumers vulnerable to criminals and spies, was made public through a letter he wrote to the National Counterintelligence and Security Center. In it, he asks the agency to issue an alert, warning Americans about the risks posed by the safes.