Sunday, October 4, 2015

The interviewer, interviewed: talk with Mercè Molist

She's usually at this side of the interviews. At this virtually hidden side, except for the small sign at the end of each talk with security experts. She has plenty of authority to sign these conversations, contacts and has cultivated almost since birth, because he is someone whose identity card should include "daughter of curiosity and commitment". If you want to know more details about it, google her. She tries to avoid traces of her personal life, but she can not do the same (and she should not try to), with her professional life.

In May 2012, she wanted to share why she fell in love with the hackers. We can not fit here all the reasons, but this link is the most valuable way to know about this love in detail. Nevertheless, let's take some few notes: "Because they are clever and genius, people with an endless curiosity, humor sense and they are voraciously critical, able to turn everything upside down (...) Hackers I love would not kill a fly (.... .) They do not steal or destroy. They snoop. They warn when there is a problem. A hacker, says a friend, is someone able to find an elegant solution to an important problem."

Many of them has been close to her these days, during an increasingly renowned event, at the city that Spanish writer Federico García Lorca called the New York of La Mancha. So, we didn't have interviewer for Sunday... Well, why not turn her into the interviewed one? Yes, she. The weekly nosy. Mercè Molist.
Hello, Merce. You are in Albacete, at the Navaja Negra congress. Is there something at the backstage not able to be told, but maybe you are kindly enough to tell us right now? ;-)
Well, no backstage but rather, something that has been talked about too much: someone has plugged into his laptop an USB that was running through a workshop, and has been infected with ransomware that has encrypted the computer data. You must never plug something into the computer without being sure what it is.

Are you there as a journalist, as a geek, as a security passionate or to have some party with good friends (or a little of everything)?
A little bit of everything :)

Your curriculum tells about you that you have always been at the forefront. Can you tell us the level of awareness of journalists about their security?
Everyone knows their own security level, and who not, knows it really well when someone breaks this level and makes it public. But as long as I remember, it has not been the case of journalists, so anyway I guess it's the level of wide world level in general: low.

And how do you perceive the news treatment of Infosec? I do not ask for the work of this or that journalist, but the usual approach of the press.
The press is playing fairly badly, or rather is not playing at all with the cybersecurity issue. This does a disservice to a society stuck squarely in the digital revolution, and without references to be guided in such thorny field as is security.

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Do you think that Snowden or Assange are journalists? What about calling them whistleblowers?

I think they are hacker sources.

Are journalists required to become hackers, if we understand hacker as "researcher going beyond the (technological, not legal) limits"?
The journalist with pedigree is a hacker, guided by curiosity and committed to freedom of information :)

We all know that "when business is free, you are the business". How much "paranoia" do you have about the use of your personal data by third parties?
No one can be an island, but I try to give as few data as possible, and I do not care to lie Facebook about my age or where I live. However, even if not wanting to leave traces... it is inevitable.

Tell us a movie and a book that inspire you. And one you think it is a hit portraiting the future that awaits us.
Now I'm reading "The Four Agreements", personal growth. As for the future, any cyberpunk book: William Gibson, Bruce Sterling... and of course the Big Brother by George Orwell.

You are someone with awareness on social issues. What policies should be established to shrink the digital divide, especially dangerous in security issues?
Lot of education: parents, teachers, children, young people... Everyone. Education and information.

Finally, since you asked it to almost everyone ;-) please tell us a slogan that you use in your day to day, and you do not have turned into password.
Everything will be fine.

Texto: Alfonso Piñeiro.
Fotos: Wikipedia y A.P.

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