Friday News: Twitter security, immersive reading, Stanford rape case, and a grandmother covers Drake
Keeping your account safe – Twitter responds to reports that millions of passwords and emails are for sale on the “dark web.” Regardless of their reassurances, maybe a good idea to change your password:
We’ve investigated claims of Twitter @names and passwords available on the “dark web,” and we’re confident the information was not obtained from a hack of Twitter’s servers.
The purported Twitter @names and passwords may have been amassed from combining information from other recent breaches, malware on victim machines that are stealing passwords for all sites, or a combination of both. Regardless of origin, we’re acting swiftly to protect your Twitter account.
In each of the recent password disclosures, we cross-checked the data with our records. As a result, a number of Twitter accounts were identified for extra protection. Accounts with direct password exposure were locked and require a password reset by the account owner. – Twitter
Is It Harder to Be Transported By a Book As You Get Older? – Benjamin Moser talks about the difficulty of being a writer and reading other writers’ prose, noting that it’s much more difficult for him to read uncritically and immersively. I know this is the case for some writers, but certainly not all. Francine Prose, on the other hand, lays out several obstacles to getting lost in a book, but still says that it happens:
A neurologist friend says that adults are likelier than children to cross-reference when they read, to compare people and things in a book with people and things they know, which is why an adult reading experience may be a “dip” compared with the child’s “soak.” I enjoy reading a book written centuries ago and discovering a character almost exactly like someone I know. And so I am cross-referencing: My attention is divided between the fictional character and the real-life counterpart. . . .