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Takeaways from Bruce Schneier's New Book

  • Tim Starks
  • Politico
  • September 11, 2018

FIX THE INTERNET BEFORE IT FIXES US — Technologist Bruce Schneier is out with his latest book and his most alarming title yet: “Click Here to Kill Everybody.” In fact, it’s one of the most ominous in the entire cybersecurity canon. Even in his introduction, Schneier admits to hyperbole, yet writes the title isn’t without merit since “we’re already living in a world where computer attacks can crash cars and disable power plants — both actions that can easily result in catastrophic deaths if done at scale.”

So, OK, it’s scary. In this outing,…

Glenn Greenwald's Encryption Guru

Bruce Schneier says the key to good security is accepting that perfect security doesn’t exist.

  • Alex Carp
  • Politico Magazine
  • March 16, 2014

Last fall, not long after Bruce Schneier quietly revealed himself as the cryptographer who had helped journalist Glenn Greenwald review Edward Snowden’s NSA documents, he found himself on CNN International, talking about allegations that the United States had spied on the chancellor of Germany.

An exasperated host beamed Schneier in from Minneapolis, where he lives, and asked him to “help us,” as she put it, “decipher this enigma.” Schneier is a legendary encryption specialist who has written or edited 13 books on the subject, and worked for the Department of Defense, telecommunications companies, banks and governments. Most recently, he’s been a vocal advocate of the idea that the best security systems accept a reasonable amount of risk; a blind focus on protecting against every threat, he says, usually comes with unexpected costs…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.