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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.

Video: Bruce Schneier on Regulating at the Pace of Tech

  • Transform
  • February 1, 2022

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Harvard cyber security expert Bruce Schneier spoke with Transform for the publication’s inaugural issue on trust in tech. He said that, given how central technology is to our daily lives, we should be able to trust that tech systems are secure – in the same way we trust that food from the grocery store is safe to eat and planes are safe to fly in.

If those things are safe, it’s only because governments regulate them. “We walk into a restaurant and don’t have to check the kitchen ourselves,” Schneier says. “Governments perform a valuable function in our stead: they are our experts.”…

Audio: History of Hacking

  • Cybercrime Magazine
  • January 29, 2022

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I spoke about the history of hacking with Steve Morgan of the Cybercrime Magazine Podcast.

Video: We Have to Trust Technology

  • Conversation with Nobel Minds
  • January 9, 2022

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Lucas Cardiell talks to Bruce Schneier, a fellow and lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Bruce talks about trust, technology, & society and claims that we have no choice other than to trust technology, e.g., Apple, Zoom because through trust our society survives. Trust is the basis for everything.

Video: Bruce Schneier on Regulating at the Pace of Tech

Cyber security expert Bruce Schneier talks about regulation, market failure, and what keeps him up at night

  • Transform
  • December 30, 2021

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Video: Click Here to Kill Everybody

  • Conversation with Nobel Minds
  • December 26, 2021

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Lucas Cardiell interviews Bruce Schneier on his book Click Here to Kill Everybody.

Video: Who’s Controlling the Internet?

  • Project Save the World
  • October 28, 2021

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Bruce Schneier teaches cyber security policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. He points out that in cyber crime, offence is far easier than defence. Too often, victims of phishing are blamed, whereas legal reforms are needed that will hold manufacturers responsible for defects in their software. The public’s vulnerability is increasing, especially with the rise of the Internet of Things, for many of the computer-controlled gadgets we own cannot even be repaired. Before we can use a new product, we generally have to click (without reading) a long statement that exempts the producer for any liability for its failings. Countries differ in their regulations, and it is unlikely that Russia, China, or even the US will agree to any international norms that restrict the advantages they may possess seek to acquire. It is legal for Facebook or any other privately-owned platform to refuse to advertise, even if this seriously limits freedom of speech about political and social issues. No one can predict how serious the threats may be for the future development of Artificial Intelligence, but Schneier takes the matter seriously and respects those who are working to limit the potential damage…

Bruce Schneier’s book Secrets and Lies

  • Jon Udell
  • Byte
  • October 18, 2021

Everyone who needs to understand or implement cryptographic algorithms reads Bruce Schneier’s Applied Cryptography. In that cookbook for cryptographers, it’s a matter of faith that deep mathematics, properly understood and cleverly arranged, can make three interrelated guarantees regarding digital communication:

  • Confidentiality. Because messages are encrypted, nobody but the sender and the intended recipients can read them.
  • Authenticity. Because messages are signed, nobody can impersonate anyone else.
  • Integrity. Because messages are signed, nobody can tamper with them undetectably…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.