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The highly dangerous "Triton" hackers have probed the US grid
Security experts have been tracking a sophisticated hacker group that has apparently been looking for entry points to the US electrical grid. Usually scans like these wouldn't be newsworthy, but in this case we're talking about the group behind a reckless, nearly lethal oil refinery cyberattack in 2017. Experts call it "easily the most dangerous threat activity publicly known."
Amazon cloned a neighborhood to test its delivery robots
Amazon needed a way to test its delivery robot, Scout, without bothering the neighbors. So the company digitally recreated a suburban Seattle neighborhood, down to the centimeter, to teach its delivery robots how to navigate streets, sidewalks, curbs, and even kids on bikes.
This week, the running world lost one of its greats at just 32: Gabriele Grunewald. A standout college runner and a runner-up to qualifying for the Olympic team in 2012, Grunewald was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at 22 and told she had five years to live. But in 2014, five years after her diagnosis, she instead won a national title and a spot on the world team. Grunewald was an inspiration for many, including our editor in chief Nicholas Thompson, who wrote about it here.
WIRED Recommends: Biking Gear
Now that we're in the full throes of summer, it's time to tune up that old bike and hit the open road. But from the bike itself to helmets, shoes, and tools, you might want the latest and greatest the internet has to offer. Luckily, our Gear team has you covered.
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Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It
Two hackers have developed a tool that can hijack a Jeep over the internet. WIRED senior writer Andy Greenberg takes the SUV for a spin on the highway while the hackers attack it from miles away.