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Audio: Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons 300th Episode

  • Firewalls Don't Stop Dragons
  • November 28, 2022

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I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for 300 weeks—almost 6 years now! And returning for his 3rd “podcentennial” episode is world-renowned security guru Bruce Schneier! Today we’ll discuss hacking—not just in the realm of computers, but in legal, political, social and economic spaces. And then we’ll talk about how artificial intelligence and computer automation are starting to play a significant role in hacking all of these realms. Computers and AI expand the scope, scale and speed of hacking and we’re honestly not prepared for it…

Book Review: A Hacker’s Mind

  • Kirkus Reviews
  • November 16, 2022

A cybersecurity expert examines how the powerful game whatever system is put before them, leaving it to others to cover the cost.

Schneier, a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and author of such books as Data and Goliath and Click Here To Kill Everybody, regularly challenges his students to write down the first 100 digits of pi, a nearly impossible task—but not if they cheat, concerning which he admonishes, “Don’t get caught.” Not getting caught is the aim of the hackers who exploit the vulnerabilities of systems of all kinds. Consider right-wing venture capitalist Peter Thiel, who located a hack in the tax code: “Because he was one of the founders of PayPal, he was able to use a $2,000 investment to buy 1.7 million shares of the company at $0.001 per share, turning it into $5 billion—all forever tax free.” It was perfectly legal—and even if it weren’t, the wealthy usually go unpunished. The author, a fluid writer and tech communicator, reveals how the tax code lends itself to hacking, as when tech companies like Apple and Google avoid paying billions of dollars by transferring profits out of the U.S. to corporate-friendly nations such as Ireland, then offshoring the “disappeared” dollars to Bermuda, the Caymans, and other havens. Every system contains trap doors that can be breached to advantage. For example, Schneier cites “the Pudding Guy,” who hacked an airline miles program by buying low-cost pudding cups in a promotion that, for $3,150, netted him 1.2 million miles and “lifetime Gold frequent flier status.” Since it was all within the letter if not the spirit of the offer, “the company paid up.” The companies often do, because they’re gaming systems themselves. “Any rule can be hacked,” notes the author, be it a religious dietary restriction or a legislative procedure. With technology, “we can hack more, faster, better,” requiring diligent monitoring and a demand that everyone play by rules that have been hardened against tampering…

Audio: “Hacking” the Legal System: Bruce Schneier (World-renowned Security Expert and Blogger)

  • Aiming for the Moon
  • September 11, 2022

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Ethical hacking is essential in the tech world as it exposes the holes and bugs in systems before bad people can use them. This same mindset can be applied to the legal system in order to “hack” it before “black hat” hackers exploit the problems. In this episode, Bruce Schneier explains this philosophy and the steps to apply it.

Bruce Schneier on the Crypto/Blockchain Disaster

  • Lou Covey
  • Cyber Protection Magazine
  • August 11, 2022

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It’s a bad year for the reputation of cryptocurrency. The foundation of cryptocurrencies, blockchain, has not faired much better. The IBM Blockchain page promises to deliver trust, security, and cost savings, there are few examples where any of that is true. That assessment might be generous.

While some of the older cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, have resolved some security issues. However, the intrinsic value of any currency depends on its reputation for stability, especially when applied to commerce. The volatility of all cryptocurrencies, along with almost weekly stories of stolen wallets, has destroyed that value…

Understanding Crypto 6: Bruce Schneier: Security, Trust, and Blockchain

  • Rational Reminder
  • July 8, 2022

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Welcome back to another episode of our limited edition Crypto Series on the Rational Reminder Podcast, a weekly reality check about sensible investing and financial decision-making. Are cryptocurrencies and the associated technologies beneficial? Could they change the world for the better? There is a lot of controversy surrounding the use and application of cryptocurrencies and the associated technologies. Some say the innovation is ultimately useless while others think it is the answer to society’s problems. To help us unpack this complicated and hot-button topic is Bruce Schneier, an internationally-renowned security technologist, author, and educator. The focus of his work is the intersection of security, technology and people. Bruce also has an immense passion for educating people about cryptocurrencies. Examples of his well-known books include …

Schneier: “Le votazioni elettroniche? Non fatelo, non è sicuro”

In questa intervista esclusiva Bruce Schneier, uno dei massimi esperti al mondo di sicurezza digitale, ci parla di prevenzione nella cyber security, Kaspersky, supply chain, cyber-conflitto tra Russia e Ucraina, e del perché il voto elettronico non potrà mai essere considerato sicuro

  • Riccardo Meggiato
  • Cybersecurity 360
  • July 4, 2022

Bruce Schneier è riconosciuto come uno dei massimi esperti di sicurezza digitale a livello mondiale. Laureato in informatica alla American University, e con un bachelor in fisica, ha lavorato in posizioni strategiche nell’ambito della sicurezza ai laboratori Bell e Dipartimento della Difesa degli Stati Uniti, oltre a fondare proprie società, essere board member dell’Electronic Frontier Foundation e di AccessNow, Chief of Security Architecture a Inrupt Inc., e avere scritto alcuni dei principali best-seller mondiali su sicurezza informatica, privacy e crittografia. A tutto questo, aggiunge l’ideazione di alcuni dei più noti …

Audio: Expert Interviews: Hacktivism

  • Cyber.RAR
  • June 29, 2022

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Grace continues the conversation on so-called hacktivism and the future landscape of cyber activism with Bruce Schneier, author of the book ‘Data and Goliath,’ and fellow and lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School.

Why AIs Will Become Hackers

At a 2022 RSA Conference keynote, technologist Bruce Schneier asserted that artificial intelligence agents will start to hack human systems—and what that will mean for us.

  • Karen Spiegelman
  • Dark Reading
  • June 9, 2022

“Nice to see you all again,” Bruce Schneier told the audience at his keynote for the in-person return of RSA Conference, taking off his trademark cap. “It’s kinda neat. Kinda a little scary.” Schneier is a security technologist, researcher, and lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School. He has a long list of publications, including books from as early as 1993 and as recent as 2019’s We Have Root, with a new one launching in January 2023. But he’s best known for his long-running newsletter Crypto-Gram and blog Schneier on Security. And his upcoming book is about hacking…

Audio: Schneier on Security for Tomorrow’s Software

  • The Changelog
  • May 20, 2022

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This week we’re talking with Bruce Schneier—cryptographer, computer security professional, privacy specialist, and writer (of many books). He calls himself a “public-interest technologist”, a term he coined himself, and works at the intersection of security, technology, and people.

Bruce has been writing about security issues on his blog since 2004, his monthly newsletter has been going since 1998, he’s a fellow and lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a board member of the EFF, and the Chief of Security Architecture at Inrupt. Long story short, Bruce has credentials to back up his opinions and on today’s show we dig into the state of cyber-security, security and privacy best practices, his thoughts on Bitcoin (and other crypto-currencies), Tim Berners-Lee’s Solid project, and of course we asked Bruce to share his advice for today’s developers building the software systems of tomorrow…

Video: Unscripted with Bruce Schneier

  • PSICC Data Privacy Week 2022
  • February 4, 2022

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A conversation on the future of cybersecurity.

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.