Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World

Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World

by Bruce Schneier


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A world of "smart" devices means the Internet can kill people. We need to act. Now.

Everything is a computer. Ovens are computers that make things hot; refrigerators are computers that keep things cold. These computers—from home thermostats to chemical plants—are all online. The Internet, once a virtual abstraction, can now sense and touch the physical world.

As we open our lives to this future, often called the Internet of Things, we are beginning to see its enormous potential in ideas like driverless cars, smart cities, and personal agents equipped with their own behavioral algorithms. But every knife cuts two ways.

All computers can be hacked. And Internet-connected computers are the most vulnerable. Forget data theft: cutting-edge digital attackers can now crash your car, your pacemaker, and the nation’s power grid. In Click Here to Kill Everybody, renowned expert and best-selling author Bruce Schneier examines the hidden risks of this new reality.

After exploring the full implications of a world populated by hyperconnected devices, Schneier reveals the hidden web of technical, political, and market forces that underpin the pervasive insecurities of today. He then offers common-sense choices for companies, governments, and individuals that can allow us to enjoy the benefits of this omnipotent age without falling prey to its vulnerabilities.

From principles for a more resilient Internet of Things, to a recipe for sane government regulation and oversight, to a better way to understand a truly new environment, Schneier’s vision is required reading for anyone invested in human flourishing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393608885
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 261,113
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Bruce Schneier is “one of the world’s foremost security experts” (Wired), a “security guru” (Economist), and the best-selling author of thirteen books. He is a Fellow and lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access Now, and the Tor Project.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Everything Is Becoming A Computer 1

Part I The Trends 13

1 Computers Are Still Hard To Secure 19

2 Patching Is Failing As A Security Paradigm 34

3 Knowing Who's Who On The Internet Is Getting Harder 44

4 Everyone Favors Insecurity 56

5 Risks Are Becoming Catastrophic 78

Part II The Solutions 97

6 What A Secure Internet+ Looks Like 105

7 How We Can Secure The Internet+ 120

8 Government Is Who Enables Security 144

9 How Governments Can Prioritize Defense Over Offense 160

10 Plan B: What's Likely To Happen 180

11 Where Policy Can Go Wrong 192

12 Towards A Trusted, Resilient, And Peaceful Internet+ 207

Conclusion: Bring Technology And Policy Together 217

Acknowledgments 227

Notes 231

Index 309

About The Author 321

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