How a 29-year-old idealist built a global drug bazaar and became a murderous kingpin.
Joshuah Bearman ※ wired.com ※ May 2015 issue
‘I Forgot My PIN’: An Epic Tale of Losing $30,000 in Bitcoin ◇ ~6,300 words ◇ A veteran tech journalist tries everything, including hypnosis, to recover a small fortune from a locked bitcoin device.
Mark Frauenfelder ※ Wired ※ wired.com ※ October 19, 2017
How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet ◇ ~5,800 words ◇ The most dramatic cybersecurity story of 2016 came to a quiet conclusion Friday in an Anchorage courtroom, as three young American computer savants pleaded guilty to masterminding an unprecedented botnet—powered by unsecured internet-of-things devices like security cameras and wireless routers—that unleashed sweeping attacks on key internet services around the globe last fall. What drove them wasn’t anarchist politics or shadowy ties to a nation-state. It was Minecraft.
Garrett M. Graff ※ Wired ※ wired.com ※ December 13, 2017
Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance ◇ ~4,100 words ◇ Andrew Therrien wanted payback. He got it—and uncovered a conspiracy.
On the morning a debt collector threatened to rape his wife, Andrew Therrien was working from home, in a house with green shutters on a cul-de-sac in a small Rhode Island town.
Somewhere—at the top of a ladder of dirty debt collectors that Therrien would spend the next two years relentlessly climbing—a man named Joel Tucker had no idea what was coming.
Zeke Faux ※ Bloomberg Businessweek ※ bloomberg.com ※ December 6, 2017
I Threw Away $7.6 Million In Bitcoin ◇ ~1500 words ◇ Five years ago, I threw away a hard drive. An utterly generic 250GB portable hard drive, already a few years old… It had a data file containing 1400 Bitcoin on it. No big deal, at the time. Today, those few kilobytes are worth more than
four million seven million dollars.
AU Editor’s Note, 2017-Aug-15: So, the price of Bitcoin smashed through the $US4000 barrier yesterday. I just did the maths, and instead of $4.2 million, my 1400BTC would now be worth $7.6 million. It seemed like the right time to share this with you all again. C’est la vie, I guess. — Cam
Campbell Simpson ※ Gizmodo Australia ※ www.gizmodo.com.au ※ May 28, 2017
The High Price of a Free College Education in Sweden ◇ ~1,300 words ◇ Here’s why Swedish college students still graduate with a ton of debt.
Matt Phillips ※ The Atlantic ※ theatlantic.com ※ May 31, 2013
How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds $🔒 ◇ ~3,000 words ◇ Research suggests that as the brain grows dependent on phone technology, the intellect weakens.
Nicholas Carr ※ The Wall Street Journal ※ wsj.com ※ October 6, 2017
Should the US Put Power Lines Underground? ◇ ~1,050 words ◇ UF’s director of energy studies observes that installing power lines underground to prevent outages during hurricanes may not be the magic bullet many are seeking.
※ The Conversation ※ theconversation.com/us ※ September 12, 2017Director of Energy Studies, University of Florida
Seven Days of Heroin: This is What an Epidemic Looks Like ◇ ~9,100 words ◇ The Enquirer sent more than 60 reporters, photographers and videographers into their communities to chronicle an ordinary week in this extraordinary time.
Dan Horn and Terry DeMio ※ cincinnati.com ※ September 10, 2017