The Rise of a Hindu Vigilante in the Age of WhatsApp and Modi

“They pushed him against a closet and told him to strip so they could see whether he was circumcised, a sure sign that he wasn’t Hindu. After that, the group handed the man over to police.”

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 14, 2020
Length: 4 minutes (1,107 words)

The First Shot

“Inside the Covid vaccine fast track.”

Source: Wired
Published: May 13, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,159 words)

The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet

“At 22, he single-handedly put a stop to the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen. Then he was arrested by the FBI. This is his untold story.”

Source: Wired
Published: May 12, 2020
Length: 55 minutes (13,941 words)

Inside the Early Days of China’s Coronavirus Coverup

“The dawn of a pandemic — as seen through the news and social media posts that vanished from China’s internet.”

Author: Shawn Yuan
Source: Wired
Published: May 1, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,696 words)

Productivity is Not Working

” Despite being various flavors of neurotic workaholic, my roommates and I have discovered that right now, while our personal productivity matters, what matters more immediately is that we all manage to live in the same house without killing each other.”

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 17, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,792 words)

To Run My Best Marathon at Age 44, I Had to Outrun My Past

“After 20 years of long-distance competition, I ran my fastest. All it took was tech, training, and a new understanding of my life.”

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 20, 2020
Length: 27 minutes (6,971 words)

The Devastating Decline of a Brilliant Young Coder

“Lee Holloway programmed internet security firm Cloudflare into being. But then he became apathetic, distant, and unpredictable — for a long time, no one could make sense of it.”

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 14, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,112 words)

Why Old-Growth Trees Are Crucial to Fighting Climate Change

Science has a lot to earn about the way ecosystems hold and process the Earth’s carbon, and how efforts like reforestation can help improve those systems’ effect on climate change. Two things are clear: Virgin forests sequester a lot of carbon, and humanity can’t keep clear-cutting forests and burning fossil fuels the way we have been.

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 1, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,253 words)

The Secret History of a Cold War Mastermind

“Gus Weiss, a shrewd intelligence insider, pulled off an audacious tech hack against the Soviets in the last century. Or did he?”

Source: Wired
Published: Mar 11, 2020
Length: 36 minutes (9,000 words)

How a Hacker’s Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden’s Computer

“Security analyst John Strand had a contract to test a correctional facility’s defenses. He sent the best person for the job: his mother.”

Source: Wired
Published: Feb 26, 2020
Length: 5 minutes (1,279 words)