Bruce Schneier


Internationally renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier discusses Joe Lieberman’s proposal for an internet “kill switch,” why shutting down the internet during a crisis would cause more harm than good and how controversial websites like WikiLeaks use data redundancy spread out in different countries to prevent being shut down.

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Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist. He is the author of Schneier on Security, Applied Cryptography, Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World and Beyond Fear.

Regularly quoted in the media, Schneier has testified on security before the United States Congress on several occasions and has written articles and op eds for many major publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Forbes, Wired, Nature, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Washington Post.

Schneier also publishes a free monthly newsletter, Crypto-Gram, with over 150,000 readers. In its ten years of regular publication, Crypto-Gram has become one of the most widely read forums for free-wheeling discussions, pointed critiques, and serious debate about security. As head curmudgeon at the table, Schneier explains, debunks, and draws lessons from security stories that make the news.

16 thoughts on “Bruce Schneier”

  1. Hey Scott, do you perhaps have an interview with Scott Ritter planned in the near future? I haven't heard from him in a long time and would be pretty anxious to hear another hour long interview with him. He's definitely one of you best guests. You should invite him to talk about the Iran situation since it seems to be heating up and may just lead to a long war that could devastate America's economy.

  2. The moment X gets into the position of saying "Don't let Y shut down A", where A is something X calculates is necessary to controlling or hindering Y, X has already lost.

    Where X is a "security technologist", he is thus an "expert" in what he does not have control of.

    If he had any brains he would be on to the next step rather than dwelling on the last, which is already obsolete.

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  3. Wouldn't the whole point of U.S. shutting down the internet to create more terror among Americans? Seems like that's a major part of USG policy post 9/11.

    1. Neither the final collapse nor the aftermath or any revolution will be virtual.

      The secret of the Third World–you are better off with two tin cans and a string that work than with an elaborate and sophisticated technological system that don't.

      1. Quite true. China did not shut down because of the year 2000 problem, in spite of all the panicy e-mails the embassy sent out. Neither the peasants nor their donkeys cared about the year 2000. Onions, potatoes, cabbages, etc., all arrived via mule-cart, just like usual.

  4. It goes without saying that Joe LIEberman, that statist sonofabitch, favors government interference with the Internet. The free, uninhibited flow of information is the one thing the State fears most.

    A few days ago, I sent Justin Raimondo's column "Kill the 'Kill Switch'" to Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. How about it, Senator Klobuchar? . . .

  5. You should not have suggested that it is not possible to shut down the internet. It is very possible to shut down then internet. But you can be sure they would not even suggest this if they didnt already have a backup system in place. They want to be able to communicate while at the same time prevent the rest of the world from being able to do it.

    By suggesting they couldnt do it you created a false sense of security for the rest of us.

  6. Brush up on your Morse code, guys. Learn to send dit-dot-dit over the wire or through the radio waves. It can work fine.

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