Saturday, March 22, 2014

Heroe, traitor, American, citizen: Snowden

"Who I am really doesn't matter at all. If I'm the worst person in the world you can hate me and move on. What really matters is the kind of internet we want, the kind of relationship with society... I wouldn't use words like hero or traitor. I'm an American and a citizen."

These were the first words from whistleblower Edward Snowden, last March 18th, during TED Talk at Vancouver. It was an unexpected talk, with a little show business. “Somewhere from Russia”, said its presenter, Snowden appeared in a streaming screen, over the support of a humanoid robot that he was driving from the distance.

During his speech, this “american citizen” gave headlines as relevant as “Some of the most important [publishing] to be done is yet to come”, or warning as sharp as “The biggest thing that an internet company in America can do today, right now, without consulting lawyers, to protect users of the internet around the world is to enable web encryption on every page you visit”.

Give them an inch, and they take a mile, not only at NSA. NATO and the CENTCOM are in the scoop. Now we know that both of them suffered some attacks last weekend: first, from Syrian Electronic Army, loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad; second, from Cyber Berkut, hacker group loyal to former president Viktor Yanukovych.

There is so much crossfire, so much noise. It would seem that anything is believable, and nobody will call common sense. Fortunately, there are exceptions, such as “airplane hacker” Hugo Teso in a recent interview for Spanish newspaper El Mundo: the possibility to hack a plane is one thing, and the ability to do it is another thing quite different, because of complexity and expenses, said this migrated talent.

Another calling to common sense: a post in We Live Security about malware designed last 10 years for Mac OS X. Post starts in this manner: “Before we begin, let’s make one thing really clear. The malware problem on Mac OS X is nothing like as bad as it is on Windows”. Once this is clear, author threshes the most relevant questions of malware for made-in-Cupertino systems, precisely due to over-trust that Apple users often applied.

Lack of common sense is as bad as over-trust. Here there’s no respite none of them, and we tell about it each day in our posts and social networks. At the right, in the sidebar, you’ve got the links ;-)


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