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Audio: Cybersecurity: Are We Ever Safe From Hackers?

  • BBC
  • June 8, 2015

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The number of cyber attacks happening every year is on the rise. We speak to Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer at the IT company Resilient Systems and a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, about why it can take months before a company or organisation even realises it is under attack, and why so many are unprepared. Also, Wil van Gemert, deputy director of operations at Europol, tells us what European law enforcers are doing about it. He says it is now possible to buy “malware,” or malicious software meaning that anyone can become a cyber criminal. Carl Leonard, principal security analyst at Websense, says security issues are only going to become more urgent as the internet-of-things develops. Once everyday items such a fridges and cars are connected online, we will become ever more vulnerable…

Audio: Spy-wear?

  • BBC Tech Tent
  • May 15, 2015

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Dr Chris Brauer from Goldsmiths, University of London, on how big brands want to sell us things via wearable devices. Bruce Schneier, security and privacy expert and author of the book “Data and Goliath”, warns of the threat of companies and governments misusing data about us. Emily Bell, from the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism, on Verizon’s buyout of AOL, and Facebook’s instant articles. And Zoe Kleinman spends a night alone in a house full of robots. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with Fiona Graham and Dave Lee from the BBC Online tech desk…

Video: Surveillance: The Hidden Ways You’re Tracked

Just how much of your life is watched? Security expert Bruce Schneier points out that it is more than most people think, says Chris Baraniuk.

  • Chris Baraniuk
  • BBC
  • October 27, 2014

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Do you have secrets? Security expert Bruce Schneier has little patience for those who say they don’t.

When asked about government and corporate surveillance, there are some who shrug their shoulders and say they have nothing to fear because they have nothing to hide. Schneier’s response? “I ask them their salary and they won’t tell me. I ask them about their sexual fantasy world and they won’t tell me. The whole ‘I have nothing to hide’ thing is stupid, that’s a dumb comment,” he says. What’s more, your day-to-day behaviour is monitored in ways you wouldn’t even realise, so these details and many more could be open for all to see – and use against you. And that’s a problem, even if you happen to trust your government to use the data for good…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.