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General Public Left in Dark about Failures in Cyber Security

Security issues in the cyber world have been rampant especially in recent times. Lately, there has been an increased awareness about cyber world security measures and people have started to take privacy issues more seriously. So obviously, there will be a huge reaction if all the security breaches are made public. To prevent this, the government has been concealing serious cyber world security breaches from the general public. A recent survey conducted by the European Network and Information Security Agency revealed some astonishing facts. Not only is the government completely at sea about some of the security breaches but even in the ones about which they have information about, they do not reveal it to the public fearing a strong reaction.

Violation of Constitutional Rights

This particular trend is definitely something to worry about because it is not only increasing the security risk users might face, but is also constitutionally incorrect. The constitutions of democratic countries state that the citizens of the country must be intimated about any form of threat, and that includes internet security threats also. However, this concealing of information is more of a political move than anything else. Under the rule of a particular party, if a serious security breach is exposed, then that will be a black mark on the party’s regime. The internet has become such an integral part of our lives that a security breach cannot be taken lightly.

Ignoring the Basic Internet Security Rule

Over the years, one of the rules that computer security experts have stood by is that knowledge about the impending threats is imperative to our safety. When we are equipped with that knowledge, we can safeguard ourselves against them and make sure that measures are in place to counter those threats. By not releasing information about the security breaches, the government is not only increasing the security risks they are taking but also putting the citizens at risk.

Cross Border Threats also A Cause for Worry

While we are worrying about small issues like stop cookies/tracking online, hackers are developing malicious software that can attack people internationally. With the internet, the size of the world that we live in has shrunk dramatically and hackers can now target people who are in different countries. Governments are not only concealing data from the people but are also withholding it from the other governments. The reason for this might be either political reasons or to uphold their own sense of invincibility. Either way, the people who suffer are the ones who have the least idea about these issues.

Number of Examples Depict the Same

What we are talking about here is not an isolated incident that occurs here and there. Regularly, people have been hearing about hackers gaining access to user accounts. Let us take the example of the LinkedIn hack in the June of this year. Close to 7 million accounts were hacked and the authentication codes were posted on the hacker forums. People with the right information could access it and gain unauthorized access to private profiles. There was also an incident in October  of 2011 when users of Blackberry phones lost all access to emails and other internet data when the United Kingdom datacenter crashed. Although that was the official story, we cannot be sure what the real reason might be.

The Solution

As citizens, we must urge the government to be more transparent about internet security threats in case there are any. More often than not, it is the cover ups that cause more damage than the actual hack itself. Since this issue has come to light now, we will have to wait and see how the government will react in the future.

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