Bruce Schneier

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Bruce Schneier is a security technologist. He is the author of 14 books—including "Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World"—as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His newsletter “Crypto-Gram” and blog “Schneier on Security” are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow and lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School a fellow at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Access Now, and a Special Advisor to IBM Security.

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Rediscovering Vulnerabilities

Software and computer systems are a standard target of intelligence collection in an age where everything from your phone to your sneakers has been turned into a connected computing device. A modern government intelligence organization must maintain access to some software vulnerabilities into order to target these devices. However, the WannaCry ransomware and NotPetya attacks have called attention to the perennial flipside of this issue—the same vulnerabilities that the U.S. government uses to conduct this targeting can also be exploited by malicious actors if they go unpatched.