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Review: Digital Tech Advances, AI Spur Hacking of Society

  • Frank Bajak
  • Associated Press
  • February 8, 2023

This Associated Press book review was reprinted by: ABC News, The Buffalo News, The Chicago Tribune, The Lexington Clipper-Herald, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer,, The Winchester Star, and WRAL News.

“A Hacker’s Mind: How the Powerful Bend Society’s Rules, and How to Bend Them Back” by Bruce Schneier (W.W. Norton & Company)

Hacking is universally understood as the exploitation of a software vulnerability by a malicious actor.

But hacking encompasses oh, so much more. By gaming systems, it achieves outcomes for which they were not designed. People do it to the economy, the tax code, the law. Discover a loophole, profit from an oversight…

Encryption Expert Teaches Security

  • Brian Bergstein
  • Associated Press
  • September 24, 2006

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…

Cellular Can Be Cracked

  • Richard Cole
  • Associated Press
  • March 21, 1997

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.