Invisible Manipulators of Your Mind | by Tamsin Shaw | The New York Review of Books


We are living in an age in which the behavioral sciences have become inescapable. The findings of social psychology and behavioral economics are being employed to determine the news we read, the products we buy, the cultural and intellectual spheres we inhabit, and the human networks, online and in real life, of which we are…

Sentencing in Wells Fargo Customer Data Theft Case


A California man named Ronald Charles Reed has been sentenced to prison for partnering with Wells Fargo employees to steal customer data in connection with the bank’s fake accounts scandal, the Journal reported. “Mr. Reed pleaded guilty in March to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Mr. Reed, also known…

Secret Backdoor in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say – The New York Times


WASHINGTON — For about $50, you can get a smartphone with a high-definition display, fast data service and, according to security contractors, a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours. Security contractors recently discovered preinstalled software in some Android phones that monitors where users go, whom they…