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Publisher's Weekly Review of Click Here to Kill Everybody

  • Publisher's Weekly
  • September 24, 2018

Schneier (Data and Goliath), a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, provides a clear perspective on the threat posed by the evolution of the internet into what is commonly referred to as the “internet of things.” As “everything is becoming a computer... on the Internet,” with even pedestrian items such as light bulbs or refrigerators collecting, using, and communicating data, the convenience and efficiency of such “smart” technology comes at the cost of increased vulnerability to the schemes of crafty hackers. Horror stories, such as a vehicle’s controls being taken over remotely, are not new, but Schneier’s vast experience enables him to tie together many strands and put them in context. For example, after discussing the inherent security issues with software (there are “undiscovered vulnerabilities in every piece”), Schneier goes on to observe that such flaws are only part of the problem; he convincingly demonstrates that a major, if not the main, reason, for an insecure internet is that its “most powerful architects—governments and corporations—have manipulated the network to make it serve their own interests.” Schneier concedes that his book has “a gaping hole” in not explaining how his nuanced recommendations for increasing security and resilience could become policy, but it is a useful introduction to the dimensions of the challenge.

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Video/Audio: Cyberattacks and Survival in a Hyperconnected World

  • Demetri Kofinas
  • Hidden Forces Podcast
  • September 18, 2018

In this week's episode of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Bruce Schneier, about cyberattacks, cyberwar, and survival in a hyperconnected world.

Cyberattacks constitute one of the most urgent threats facing collective humanity according to Bruce Schneier. History has proven him right. In the summer of 2017, a weapon of cyberwar was dropped onto a world without borders, where the heavy artillery and nuclear warheads that defined the battlelines of the 20th century have been rendered useless.

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Open Letters Review on Click Here to Kill Everybody

  • Steve Donoghue
  • Open Letters Review
  • September 14, 2018

Electronic security expert Bruce Schneier's studiously terrifying new book Click Here To Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World, is a concerted counter-playbook to the end of human civilization, and the deaf ears it will fall upon have been deadened by two completely erroneous assumptions: that an unregulated Internet is better than a regulated one, and that Internet problems only affect people on the Internet.

Ninety percent of Schneier's readers have more than one "smart" electronic device, be it a cellphone or a tablet or a laptop or a new-model automobile. And ninety percent of that ninety percent have the same personal password for all of those separate devices and haven't changed that password in years. Virtually every single one of Schneier's readers who choose to download his book instead of buying a printed copy in a bookstore leaves a wide and easily-followed data-trail back to themselves.

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Audio: Internet Plus: Now Everything Can Be Hacked!

  • CBC Radio
  • September 14, 2018

Listen to the Audio on CBC.ca

"Click Here to Kill Everybody" may be a rather terrifying name for a book, but, then again, its author, Bruce Schneier, offers us lots of things to be terrified about.

Schneier is a security guru. And in his new book, subtitled Security and Survival in a Hyper-Connected World, he explains the real risks in a world where everything is becoming a computer, and networked in a way that he calls "internet plus."

From hacked cars to vulnerable power grids, Schneier paints a detailed picture of just how IT-dependent our modern world is. And how fragile it has become, in the context of what he calls "internet plus."

Nora Young: People often use this term 'Internet of Things'.

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Audio: The Cyberlaw Podcast: Click Here to Kill Everybody

  • Stewart Baker
  • The Cyberlaw Podcast
  • September 11, 2018

We are fully back from our August hiatus, and leading off a series of great interviews, I talk with Bruce Schneier about his new book, Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-Connected World. Bruce is an internationally renowned technologist, privacy and security commentator, and someone I respect a lot more than I agree with. But his latest book opens new common ground between us, and we both foresee a darker future for a world that has digitally connected things that can kill people without figuring out a way to secure them. Breaking with Silicon Valley consensus, we see security regulation in the Valley’s future, despite all the well-known downsides that regulation will bring.

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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, published last week, Schneier digs into the dangers posed by the rapid spread of internet connectivity into all our things. But since he doesn't think the marketing term "internet of things" is encompassing enough, he coined his own term: Internet+.

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Audio: Podcast Episode 111: Click Here to Kill Everybody and CyberSN on Why Security Talent Walks

  • The Security Ledger
  • September 10, 2018

In this week’s podcast (episode #111), sponsored by CyberSN: what happens when the Internet gets physical? Noted author and IBM security guru Bruce Schneier joins us to talk about his new book on Internet of Things risk: Click Here to Kill Everybody. Also: everyone knows that cyber security talent is hard to come by, and even harder to keep. But why does precious cyber talent walk?

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For Safety’s Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-Connected Things

That’s the view of security expert Bruce Schneier, who fears lives will be lost in a cyber disaster unless governments act swiftly.

  • Martin Giles
  • MIT Technology Review
  • September 6, 2018

Smart gadgets are everywhere. The chances are you have them in your workplace, in your home, and perhaps on your wrist. According to an estimate from research firm Gartner, there will be over 11 billion internet-connected devices (excluding smartphones and computers) in circulation worldwide this year, almost double the number just a couple of years ago.

Many billions more will come online soon.

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Book Review: Click Here to Kill Everybody

  • Paul Baccas
  • Virus Bulletin
  • September 6, 2018

The great and memorable title of Bruce Schneier's latest book, Click Here to Kill Everybody, certainly caught the eye of those in my household—my children kept trying to touch the button on the front cover to 'kill everybody'! (Indeed, the book's attention-grabbing title may make me a little wary about reading it openly on the Tube or while going through airport security.)

Of course, the book is not really about how to kill everybody, but rather how, from an ethical standpoint on the part of tech, and a moral standpoint on the part of government, we appear to be sleep-walking into a scenario where something, whether by accident or design, could possibly 'click here' and kill everyone.

My advance reading copy wasn't quite ready for publishing, but as it stood the book was divided into three approximately equal sections:

  • The first section describes the issues of computing, IOT, and an Internet of the future.
  • The second section describes the things technologists and policy makers should consider in order to bring about the changes needed for the Internet of the future.
  • Finally, as with Schneier's previous book, the third section contains copious notes.

In the introduction ('Everything is a Computer'), Bruce describes three situations: hacking a car; hacking the power supply; and hacking printers (conventional, 3D and bioprinters). For each of these he expands on the potential issues: death of multiple passengers; wide-scale human and economic damage; etc.

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Audio: Vulnerabilities of an Inter-connected World

  • Jenna Flanagan
  • Midday on WNYC
  • September 5, 2018

Bruce Schneier discusses his new book Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World. Computers are connected to everything small and large from home appliances like ovens and thermostats to large industrial sites like chemical plants. Digital attackers can now crash your car, your pacemaker, and the nation’s power grid. Schneier reveals the hidden web of technical, political, and market forces that underpin the pervasive insecurities of today’s connected world.

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