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"I can’t think of any other issue that moved people so quickly." By security expert Bruce Schneier’s estimation, more than 700 million people worldwide changed their behavior on the Internet as a direct result of what Edward Snowden’s NSA leak revealed about government surveillance. Even more amazing: they all did it within one year.
What motivated so many private citizens to take action? "They did that because of secrets. The biggest enemy to society, the thing that is most corrosive, is secrecy," says Schneier. "Edward Snowden started the dialogue."…
In the wake of Shahzad’s arrest, the dangers of disposable phones are likely to be scrutinized once again—and there are sure to be renewed calls for their closer regulation. We called Bruce Schneier, security technologist, chief security technology officer at British Telecom, and author of “Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World,” to find out how dangerous they really are.
How dangerous are these disposable cellphones from a national security perspective?
I think it’s a trivial danger. There are a lot of people who will say these anonymous cellphones are bad, that we’re all going to die. But stealing a cellphone is easy. It’s easy to get a cellphone in somebody else’s name. Cellphone hijacking is easy. I actually don’t believe that disposable cellphones are a problem—it’s a huge red herring…
Master cryptographer Bruce Schneier's Secrets and Lies explains why computer security is an oxymoron.
The cloak-and-dagger capers of computer no-goodniks may seem like prime page-turning material, but most books on the subject have all the sex appeal of a VCR manual. The typical tome on digital security is a dreary assemblage of techno-jargon, geared toward the small clique that gets its hardcore jollies from Perl programming. Most laymen are asleep by Page 10, or at least yearning for their dog-eared copy of “Hannibal.”
Bruce Schneier, master cryptographer and idol of the computer underground, targets those short-attention-spanners in his latest book, …
Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.