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Bruce Schneier: David Cameron's Proposed Encryption Ban Would 'Destroy the Internet'

  • Rob Price
  • Business Insider
  • July 6, 2015

A highly respected cryptographer and security expert is warning that David Cameron’s proposed ban on strong encryption threatens to "destroy the internet."

Last week, the British Prime Minister told Parliament that he wants to "ensure that terrorists do not have a safe space in which to communicate."

Strong encryption refers to the act of scrambling data in such a way that it cannot be understood by anyone without the correct key or password—even law enforcement with a warrant, or the software manufacturer itself. It’s used in some of the most popular tech products in the world, including the iPhone, WhatsApp messenger, and Facebook…

Here's How Hackers Took Over the Burger King Twitter Account

  • Dylan Love
  • Business Insider
  • February 20, 2013

Burger King and Jeep both saw their Twitter accounts get hacked this week.

How and why does this happen?

Bruce Schneier is a revered computer security expert, prominent for his thoughts on the intersection of technology, security, and trust.

He was kind enough to fill us in on the details surrounding how hacks like these are possible.

How a Twitter account gets hacked

A person attempting to break into an account isn’t hunched over a keyboard typing guessed password after guessed password until something works. He’ll use a password cracker.

A password cracker is a piece of software that employs a technique to guess passwords much more quickly than a human ever could. The two most common approaches are the “brute force method” and the “dictionary method.” While the dictionary method simply tries every word in a dictionary until it works, the brute force method tries every possible combination of characters (including numbers and punctuation) until something works…

Now We Must 'Pledge Allegiance' To Apple Or Google To Stay Safe

  • Julie Bort
  • Business Insider
  • November 7, 2012

As we all buy smartphones and use the cloud, we are doing something that’s never been done before: trusting a few big IT companies with our lives.  That’s not necessarily in our best interest, but we have no choice.

So says world-famous security expert Bruce Schneier.

Schneier’s latest book, “Liars and Outliers,” looks at the psychology needed to keep humans safe.

Business Insider talked with Schneier and heard his thoughts. He told us:

  • Smartphones change everything.  A few big companies, like Apple and Google, have gained an alarming amount of control because they own the the device and store the data. “I call it ‘feudal security,’ where you pledge your allegiance to a company and in return they keep you safe.”…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.