Neuroscience Explains Why We Get Hacked So Easily

MRI brain scans reveal the way we perceive, or simply ignore, security warnings. Companies spend nearly $100 billion on securing computers each year, yet incidents such as ransomware crippling hospitals and personal data leaking online remain common. Anthony Vance thinks that defensive measures could be more effective if we paid more attention to the hardware between our ears. Recommended for You Recommended for You “Security professionals need to worry not only about attackers but the neurobiology of their users,” said Vance, an associate professor at Brigham Young University, this week at the Enigma security conference in Oakland, California. His lab uses functional MRI scans of people’s brains to reveal the unconscious mechanisms behind the way they perceive—or ignore—security warnings. One of Vance’s studies led him to collaborate with Google on…

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