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Scott Shapiro – Exclusive

Scott Shapiro is the founding director of the Yale Cybersecurity Lab, which provides cutting-edge cybersecurity and information technology teaching facilities. He has been appointed as Special Government Expert to the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, working on AI security.

He is also Professor of Law and at Yale Law School and the CEO of Leibniz AI, a tech startup that builds reliable and transparent legal chatbots in an effort to democratize legal reasoning.

Scott’s first encounter with Artificial Intelligence was as an undergraduate at Columbia College in 1986. Given his decades of experience he has accumulated an A-Z knowledge of AI and expertise in AI regulation, the philosophy of AI (questions about what intelligence is and the ethics of AI) and the history of the field. 

With an impressive following of 88.8K on X he keeps his followers entertained with his tongue-in-cheek light hearted posts which generate jovial engagement.

Scott is the author of Fancy Bear Goes Phishing: The Dark History of the Information Age, in Five Extraordinary Hacks 2023.

Fancy Bear Goes Phishing: The Dark History of the Information Age, in Five Extraordinary Hacks by Scott Shapiro

Fancy Bear Goes Phishing is an entertaining account of the philosophy and technology of hacking—and why we all need to understand it.

It’s a signal paradox of our times that we live in an information society but do not know how it works. And without understanding how our information is stored, used, and protected, we are vulnerable to having it exploited.

In Fancy Bear Goes Phishing, Scott J. Shapiro draws on his popular Yale University class about hacking to expose the secrets of the digital age. With lucidity and wit, he establishes that cybercrime has less to do with defective programming than with the faulty wiring of our psyches and society.

And because hacking is a human-interest story, he tells the fascinating tales of perpetrators, including Robert Morris Jr., the graduate student who accidentally crashed the internet in the 1980s, and the Bulgarian “Dark Avenger,” who invented the first mutating computer-virus engine. We also meet a sixteen-year-old from South Boston who took control of Paris Hilton’s cell phone, the Russian intelligence officers who sought to take control of a US election, and others.

In telling their stories, Shapiro exposes the hackers’ tool kits and gives fresh answers to vital questions: Why is the internet so vulnerable? What can we do in response? Combining the philosophical adventure of Gödel, Escher, Bach with dramatic true-crime narrative, the result is a lively and original account of the future of hacking, espionage, and war, and of how to live in an era of cybercrime.

Hacking, espionage, war and cybercrime as you’ve never read about them before.
Scott Shapiro’s five stories demonstrate that computer hacking is not just a tale of technology, but of human beings.

Yet as Shapiro shows, hackers do not just abuse computer code – they exploit the philosophical principles of computation: the very features that make computers possible also make hacking possible. He explains how our information society works, the ways our data is stored and manipulated, and why it is so subject to exploitation. Both intellectual romp and dramatic true-crime narrative, Fancy Bear Goes Phishing exposes the secrets of the digital age.

“Shapiro’s account is detailed and fascinating, and leaves you wondering whether the hack played a role in Clinton’s defeat”. The Guardian

“Fancy Bear Goes Phishing is an essential book about high-tech crime: lively, sometimes funny, readable, and accessible. Shapiro highlights the human side of hacking and computer crime, and the deep relevance of software to our lives.”
— Bruce Schneier, author of A Hacker’s Mind: How the Powerful Bend Society’s Rules and How to Bend them Back

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