Essays Tagged "Minneapolis Star Tribune"

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A National ID Card Wouldn't Make Us Safer

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • April 1, 2004

This essay also appeared, in a slightly different form, in The Mercury News.

As a security technologist, I regularly encounter people who say the United States should adopt a national ID card. How could such a program not make us more secure, they ask?

The suggestion, when it’s made by a thoughtful civic-minded person like Nicholas Kristof (Star-Tribune, March 18), often takes on a tone that is regretful and ambivalent: Yes, indeed, the card would be a minor invasion of our privacy, and undoubtedly it would add to the growing list of interruptions and delays we encounter every day; but we live in dangerous times, we live in a new world … …

Better get used to routine loss of personal privacy

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • December 21, 2003

At a gas station in British Columbia, two employees installed a camera in the ceiling in front of an ATM machine. They recorded thousands of people as they typed in their PIN numbers. Combined with a false front on the ATM that recorded account numbers from the cards, the pair were able to steal millions before they were caught.

In at least 14 Kinko’s copy shops in New York City, Juju Jiang installed keystroke loggers on the rentable computers. For over a year he eavesdropped on people, capturing more than 450 user names and passwords and using them to access and open bank accounts online…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.