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Audio: Inside the “Hacker” Culture of the Rich and Powerful

  • Marketplace
  • February 28, 2023

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When you picture a hacker, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

For most, the word elicits images of a person in a dark hoodie in a darker room hunched over a computer furiously typing lines of code. However, when it comes to our wider culture of hacking, it’s often the most wealthy and powerful people who “hack” societal rules.

That interpretation of hacking is the focus of the new book, “A Hacker’s Mind: How the Rich and Powerful Bend Society’s Rules, and How to Bend Them Back” by technologist and “security guru” Bruce Schneier. He spoke with Marketplace’s David Brancaccio about how things like tax loopholes exemplify how some powerful people subvert the rules…

Audio: The Biggest Cybersecurity Threat You Never Thought That Much About Is the Factory

  • Molly Wood
  • Marketplace
  • October 9, 2018

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A report last week from Bloomberg Businessweek suggested that Chinese spies had embedded tiny little microchips on motherboards that control computers in order to steal information from nearly 30 U.S. companies, including Apple and Amazon. Both of those companies, and Super Micro Computer Inc., the electronics maker that was allegedly infiltrated have categorically denied the report. China issued a statement in response to the report that said in part: “Supply chain safety in cyberspace is an issue of common concern, and China is also a victim.” But the story is lingering, in part because it brings up a very scary reality that lots of cybersecurity experts keep talking about. …

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.