Bruce Schneier, at an Open Technology Institute presentation on Capitol Hill last Friday, said the NSA had created vulnerabilities in the Internet that criminals could exploit within the next two to three years.
Bruce Schneier, the noted security technologist and fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for the Internet, is leaving his job as “security futurologist” at BT Group plc (the company formerly known as British Telecom).
A spokesperson for the company confirmed to Ars that Schneier would leave BT at the end of December.
Recently, Schneier has strongly focused on analyzing the documents from the National Security Agency and GCHQ surveillance programs released by former NSA Contractor Edward Snowden.
At a recent event in Washington, DC where he appeared in his capacity as a fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, Schneier said that the exploits used by the NSA had broken the most fundamental security mechanisms of the Internet by creating backdoors to systems that could potentially be exploited by others.
Ironically, BT has been fingered by The Guardian, the newspaper that turned to Schneier for help in analyzing the Snowden documents, as a key partner in the surveillance programs of GCHQ. BT provided what the Guardian called “secret unlimited access to their network of undersea cables.” BT, known as “Remedy” in GCHQ documents, would not comment on data provided to GCHQ or NSA at the time, noting only that it was obligated to comply with British and European Union law.