Sunday, May 3, 2015

Who helps others, is a hero to me

Interview with Ángel Pablo Avilés, AKA 'Angelucho' 
"During last 24 hours I think nobody has sneaked me a virus, but during last 20 years..."

His grandparents called him Angelucho and hence his nom de guerre. In the 80's he become radio amateur, like many hackers, and in the 90's he got his first computer. Ángel Pablo Avilés works in Telematics Group Crimes of the Spanish Civil Guard but he devotes every single ounce of energy to his real passion: to teach those who know almost nothing about computer security, ie the most fragile users.


He fulfills its mission through its blog and X1Red+Segura conference, to be held for the third time on 22 and 23 May in Madrid. This annual event was born from a book written in petit committee wrote, oriented to his family for enjoying Internet without scares. Finally, there are 3,000 copies in paper, and incalculable downloads, all for free. Few lawmen own the respect level that Spanish cybersecurity community professes to him.



How did you get into this?
It was a transition from the world of amateur radio, it was a new hobby that annulled the previous one and that today is part of everything I do.

What's your motivation to keep on?
To know that this can help people.

Do you have a hero?
For me, the heroes must be real, not fictional. Everyone who gives part of his time to help others in any field, and in the best way possible, is a hero to me. Everyone who overcomes barriers with limited abilities, which would be insurmountable for many people, is a hero that in addition is helping the others with his attitude.

What 3 things you take with you to a Capture The Flag?
Maybe people capable of solving any problem we could face, and especially anyone who teaches me to solve it.

What worries you about cybersecurity?
I want it to reach the end user, to children, parents and educators, and the elderly gradually being introduced in ICTs inadvertently via the smartphones. I want the security of the "cyber" reaching worldwide.

And what do you like about it?
Just this particular case, that someone like Merce Molist, who widely knows security environments and hacking in Spain, pay a little bit of her time to foster the spirit of X1RedMasSegura.

Have you ever suffered virus?
During last 24 hours I think nobody has sneaked me a virus, but during last 20 years... - damn diskettes.

What is your worst online fault?
I think everyone wants to help others and not just pursue personal gain above all. Although *sometimes* I was wrong.

And your greatest virtue?

I think everyone wants to help others and not just pursue personal gain above all. Although *almost never* I was wrong.

Does any sentence guide your steps, a sentence that you have not turned into password?
Anyone who have read my blog or have heard me knows it: "On the Internet, we are our most vulnerable, but also our best antivirus".


¡Muchas gracias, Angelucho!
Texto: Mercè Molist. Fotos: Angelucho.

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