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​Bruce Schneier: The Cyberwar Arms Race Is On

Security expert says we're in a cyberwar arms race, and with the Sony attack, North Korea has already taken the first shot at the United States.

  • Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
  • ZDNet
  • August 20, 2015

LinuxCon is about Linux, cloud, and containers, but it’s also about security. In the past year, programmers have been reminded that merely being “open-source” doesn’t mean that your code is safe. Assuming you’re secure is a mistake. Because, as security maven Bruce Schneier explained to the LinuxCon audience via Google Hangouts, we’re in a cyber-arms race.

In particular Schneier focused on last fall’s Sony cyber attack. At the time, Schneier said that when the FBI said North Korea was behind the attack, he didn’t believe them. Now, he does.

Data and Goliath, Book Review: A Handbook for the Information Age

  • Wendy M Grossman
  • ZDNet UK Book Reviews
  • March 31, 2015

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World • By Bruce Schneier • Norton • 384 pages • ISBN 978-0-393-24481-6 • $27.95

We did not exactly know the trade-offs we would be making in 2015 when we first began using email or got our first mobile phones. If anyone had asked 15 years ago whether we wanted a device that enabled governments and corporations to monitor our whereabouts and access the details of our personal, business, and social lives at all times, it’s pretty clear that almost everyone would have said ‘no’…

Anticipating Threats Ineffective in Enhancing Security

  • Ellyne Phneah
  • ZDNet
  • November 19, 2012

SINGAPORE–Companies looking to predict cyberthreats to fend off attacks will not improve their IT systems’ security robustness as the criminals responsible will evolve and develop their technologies accordingly.

Speaking at a seminar here Monday, Bruce Schneier, chief security technology officer at BT, said technology has affected the balance of society and social mechanisms such as law and punishment, which help keep people in check so they will not commit crimes, online or otherwise.

For instance, the Internet has given rise to anonymity and made it easier for cybercriminals to perpetrate their attacks without getting caught, Schneier observed…

Schneier: Steps to Combat File-Sharing Are Misguided

  • Tom Espiner
  • ZDNet UK
  • December 9, 2009

Leading security expert Bruce Schneier was in London this week on a whirlwind lecture tour. ZDNet UK caught up with the ex-NSA man, who is now BT’s chief security technology officer, at lectures in parliament and at University College London.

Schneier talked to ZDNet UK about his views on behavioural advertising, the efforts of various governments to tackle unlawful file-sharing, cyber-warfare and vendor lock-in.

Q: The UK government is currently trying to pass the Digital Economy Bill, which includes provisions to penalise unlawful file-sharing. Is this technically feasible?…

Schneier: Beware Security Products

A leading security expert has warned businesses to beware of buying shoddy security products.

  • Tom Espiner
  • ZDNet News
  • October 24, 2007

Bruce Schneier, founder and chief technical officer of BT Counterpane, issued the warning at the RSA Conference Europe 2007 in London on Tuesday. He told delegates that they should not necessarily trust security vendors to give a fair representation of the security of those products.

“There might be a political bent to security decisions, or there might be a marketing bent,” said Schneier, citing as an example people selling smart cards who “do a lot to convince us that smart cards are the answer to security problems. For every company that’s secure, there’s at least one ‘me too.’”…

Firm Finds Big Security Holes in Windows NT

  • Robert Lemos
  • ZDNet
  • June 2, 1998

Flaws in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows NT software threaten the security of companies using the Internet to tie together their far-flung corporate locations, a computer security consulting firm declared on Monday. “We were able to sniff passwords, eavesdrop on the networks, and passively do traffic analysis,” said Bruce Schneier, president of Counterpane Systems Inc., of Minneapolis, Minn. “Any Microsoft NT server on the Internet is insecure.”

Counterpane discovered the problems while doing a security analysis on a Windows NT, an operating system used by a swiftly growing number of corporations as the foundation for their computer networks. Microsoft confirmed the security problems later the same day…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.