Monday, July 10, 2017

The weight of fame

A year ago, today ...

Most of us have fantasized about  ​​being famous sometime. Whether it's a reputed actor, a rock star who spends all day on the road or a celebrity who travels from interview to interview on all TV sets. However, like everything good thing in this life, fame has a dark back and is the loss of privacy. Some people say that it is the price of fame, but the exposure levels to which public figures are exposed are over  the humanly acceptable in many cases.


Today in our step back to the past we will talk about that loss of privacy, the victims of cybercrime in Spain and about the biggest celebrities in the world of cybersecurity.

Surely you all remember CelebGate. Yes, yes, the photo leakage that affected dozens of actresses and US models, leaving all their privacy exposed.  A year ago Apple's cloud hacker, iCloud and Gmail accounts of more than 300 people, including these celebrities, pleaded guilty. The person responsible was Edward Majerczyk, who sent messages pretending to be from the security team of his Internet service provider.

The real problem is how easy it is for cybercriminals to gain access to all our accounts. Sometimes only with a few social engineering tricks, criminals are able to get in our social networks and from there, have a whole world of data open for them.

However, although the CelebGate was probably more showy, there are other hacks that are much more dangerous and that should concern us more. A year ago ESET claimed to have discovered a new toolkit that was being used to spy on companies from Central and Eastern Europe.

talking about celebrities, today we want to remind  the interview that we had a year ago about Pierluigi Paganini, better known for being the editor of the portal securityaffairs.com, one of the most read digital blogs on the network. It dealt with topics as interesting as the lack of privacy to fight against terrorism, anonymous heroes on the network or other national hackers like César Cerrudo.

As we said, there are many people who think that by being famous you have less right to your privacy. However, it is just a simple excuse for the one who says something useful (even a simple photo with his favorite actor). And in the area of ​​cybercrime, the reasoning is similar: "If you put your data in the network, you expose yourself to someone stealing you." That does not seem so appropriate anymore? Well read, learn and participate in the community so as not to fall into the same mistakes of those 'celebrities' that we commented above.



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