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Espionage Insiders: Welcome to the Post-Forgetting World

  • Gary Legum
  • Salon
  • September 13, 2016

"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."…

What Faisal Shahzad could learn from "The Wire"

  • Thomas Rogers
  • May 4, 2010


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…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.