FROM Annie Lowrey
Making Friends With a Hacker One Saturday morning, Annie Lowrey woke up to a half-dozen email alerts telling her someone had hijacked her Facebook account. She did what most of us would probably do: She contacted Facebook, got the account back and created a new password. But she was curious. Why did the hacker target her account? What did he want? So she emailed him and asked . That started a virtual friendship of sorts. Madeleine speaks to Lowrey about what she learned.
The Cost of the Sony Hack The dark days for Sony Pictures aren’t ending anytime soon. The studio is not releasing the Seth Rogen movie The Interview after threats of terrorist attacks. Meanwhile, the White House has concluded that North Korea was “centrally involved” in the hacking of Sony’s computers. The situation carries implications for national security, Hollywood, and privacy. It’s also expensive. According to a recent piece for New York magazine, this could be the most expensive corporate hack ever. We hear from the writer about how she added it up.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.