Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ignorance = no peace

"Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace" (Dalai Lama). From ignorance comes fear, and this fear of the unknown sprout all kinds of reactions that make the human being unpredictable.

The dangers of cyberspace frighten governments, organizations and people of all kinds. Even the most senior military see as a priority need to create specialized cells in order to fulfill the lack of knowledge that exists about these threats. Now there are about 20 of them in the world and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States believes that it is necessary to embrace this type of missions to protect the state itself and its citizens.

This speech will sound familiar to many of you because it is similar to the Obama's Administration regarding its surveillance program PRISM, a project which has created a social alarm regarding the right to privacy. For those Android users who want to hinder his communications they list a number of apps to encrypt our calls, SMS, emails... in

In this desire to know and control everything, University of Illinois has launched a project for any user to know how much his mail account would be worth in the black market. Through a service called Cloudsweeper they review his trays for passwords and user names to give them a value.

None of us can enjoy real peace as long as there are criminals determined to infect our devices. For example, with the Citadel Trojan that has adapted to different platforms and languages so you can display phishing pages tailored to each user regardless of their country.

Perhaps all this climate of insecurity around the Web is why people who demonstrate their skills and knowledge of cyber-threats and warn us about it are rewarded. We refer to a British researcher who has pocketed $ 20,000 for discovering a security flaw in Facebook.

In the end, union means strength to stand against fear or ignorance. Sharing knowledge is the best weapon to fight for the peace that the Dalai Lama spoke about. One of the placer to perform this is the oldest computer security and hacking congress in Spain, the No cON Name (NcN) which is closing the call for papers (CFP) next Monday 1st.


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