A Hacker's Mind: How the Powerful Bend Society's Rules, and How to Bend them Back

Written by:
Bruce Schneier
Narrated by:
Dan John Miller

Unabridged Audiobook

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2
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2
Release Date
February 2023
Duration
8 hours 3 minutes
Summary
It’s not just computers—hacking is everywhere.

A hack is any means of subverting a system’s rules in unintended ways. The tax code isn’t computer code, but a series of complex formulas. It has vulnerabilities; we call them “loopholes.” We call exploits “tax avoidance strategies.” And there is an entire industry of “black hat” hackers
intent on finding exploitable loopholes in the tax code. We call them accountants and tax attorneys.

In A Hacker’s Mind, Bruce Schneier takes hacking out of the world of computing and uses it to analyze the systems that underpin our society: from tax laws to financial markets to politics. He reveals an array of powerful actors whose hacks bend our economic, political, and legal
systems to their advantage, at the expense of everyone else.

Once you learn how to notice hacks, you’ll start seeing them everywhere—and you’ll never look at the world the same way again. Almost all systems have loopholes, and this is by design. Because if you can take advantage of them, the rules no longer apply to you.

Unchecked, these hacks threaten to upend our financial markets, weaken our democracy, and even affect the way we think. And when artificial intelligence starts thinking like a hacker—at inhuman speed and scale—the results could be catastrophic.

But for those who would don the “white hat,” we can understand the hackingmindset and rebuild our economic, political, and legal systems to counter those who would exploit our society. And we can harness artificial intelligence to improve existing systems, predict and defend
against hacks, and realize a more equitable world.
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Brian M.

it's great. eye opening

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Anonymous

The first nine chapters he was still introducing the book. Constantly repeated himself, over and over, it was like reading a ninth grade term paper, full of fluff to make it longer. Obviously a liberal academic, blind to his own biases. You could see him trying to pretend to be non bias politically, which only served to make his comments politically bias. Democrats could do no wrong, while republicans were always the boogie man in every example. I give him two stars because there were about two really good and fun chapters.

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