The latest NSA surveillance and PRISM news (aka Snowden leak) seems to have gotten a lot of people by surprise. Who would have thought that the NSA was doing that?
Seriously? Where else would they be spending their $10 billion budget? Or using their 40,000 employee force? Or how could they be the largest consumer of power in the state of Maryland?
Of course there was something going on.
What about the Chinese hacking the rest of the world? Are they really? Of course they are. But so is the USA and most developed countries. Did we forget where Stuxnet came from?
I know there are differences in targets, but any country not investing in their cyber force is not really paying attention to our world.
And governments are not the only ones. Private companies are watching us all the time. Oh, and I didn’t even get started on criminal and hacking activities. Who knows how many servers and companies out there they have owned and are monitoring lately.
And I am not trying to go into the Politics of what is right or wrong, but trying to point out that we always have to assume the worst. That either a government or company or criminal (or even a friend) might be monitoring what you do in “private” online.
Some rules to remember:
When you make those assumptions, you become a lot more careful and vigilant on what you do online. And this is not to make anyone paranoid, but to at least know the risks so you can know what to share or what to say online (within limits). Plus, you can take extra measures to minimize the chances of any of these things happening.
I know it is sad, but it is the reality of the world we live in.