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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – It must say something about our times that Bruce Schneier, a geeky computer encryption expert turned all-purpose security guru, occasionally gets recognized in public. “My life is just plain surreal,” he says.
Schneier, 43, has made it so by popping up whenever technology and regular life intersect, weighing in on everything from the uselessness of post-Sept. 11 airport security measures to the perils of electronic voting machines and new passports with radio chips.
He does it by writing books, essays, a frequently updated Web log and an e-mail newsletter with 125,000 subscribers. It helps that he has never met a reporter whose phone calls he will not return. “I’m a media slut,” he admits…
A few minutes work on a computer can break the codes that are supposed to protect new digital cellular phone technology from eavesdroppers, a team of researchers said Thursday. The cellular phone industry claimed the impact on users would be “virtually none,” since engineers were working to strengthen the encryption and since a separate code that scrambles voices was not broken.
The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association also denied that its codes could be broken so easily.
"It involves very sophisticated knowledge," an association statement said. "The announced attack requires multiple minutes–up to hours–of high speed computer processing to break the coded message."…
Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.