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Hacking, Doxing, data Theft : data security is a task for each of us

It may be that the recent case of data theft that affected about 1,000 politicians, celebrities and journalists, was a last warning to all. Because he showed on

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Hacking, Doxing, data Theft : data security is a task for each of us

It may be that the recent case of data theft that affected about 1,000 politicians, celebrities and journalists, was a last warning to all. Because he showed once again, and abundantly, how little politics and society, understanding of data security.

it begins with the question, who is responsible for this data security. Out of habit, many citizens believe that this security may be made by the state. However, the threat of Hacking, Doxing and data Theft, differs in one point significantly from the classical threat scenarios, because the System is as vulnerable as its weakest link: a simple password, an expired virus program, etc.

Very clearly, the US computer scientist Alex Halderman had shown at the Congress of the Chaos Computer club at the end of 2018, with small means of voting machines in the US can be manipulated. You have to nowhere to break in and don't need a "hacker armies", it is rich, if the System is one of the many services registry hacks for the Software on the voting machines responsible.

And this is easiest when the e-Mail addresses are available. Then you have to write only one virus-Mail with a cute animal video, which is disguised as a message among colleagues, and is close to the target. Because, of course, people click on something, if you do not have learned otherwise. Sounds banal – and it is. But simple errors can have in the data security giant damage.

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There is need for political action

So the question, also on Wednesday at the special session of the interior Committee, whether the security architecture of Germany must be changed. The fact is that there are many different places where cyber security theme is organised, some so new that it hardly works. Can it stay that way? And what is with the statutory requirements for the provider of the platform operators? To commit to stricter Standards for passwords, such as it has already been proposed by several politicians, is a good idea. A, the implementation of which would lead to a habituation to the changing and complex passwords, to be a matter of course – as well as constantly updated anti-virus programs.

And yet, it would be a mistake to believe that cyber safety is an absolute damage avoidance would be possible. It is not. It is important to keep the extent of the possible damage as low as possible. Anyone who moves in the network, it must learn to move safely.

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Antje Sirleschtov

What is urgently needed are awareness-raising campaigns on data security. It is to recognize that the Federal government has the Ministry of the interior money to move asylum-seekers by means of a poster campaign for the voluntary return to their homeland, but to the education of the population about data safety saves. It is precisely here that there is need for political action. The question, according to the latest data Theft once again, is: when we Think brings about our digital data-existences, the technology finally?

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