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.
Reads like...a briefing — fused with a manifesto about power and compliance ... Contains a blizzard of...anecdotes ... If this sounds dizzying, it is. Reading A Hacker’s Mind, I began to envision modernity as a rat’s nest of interconnected Rube Goldberg machines held together with Scotch tape and faith ... I’m always happy to read about how the rich are leaching the lifeblood from society, but however appealing its argument, A Hacker’s Mind can be tedious.
Schneier’s fascinating work illustrates how susceptible many systems are to being hacked and how lives can be altered by these subversions. Schneier’s deep dive into this cross-section of technology and humanity makes for investigative gold.