We live in a hacking revolution, but should we be surprised?

November 21st, 2011

A few years ago, getting online took ages. You’d sit there and stare at the screen for as long as five minutes until, finally, an image appeared. And there you were, connected to the world wide web…libraries of information at your finger-tips, an infinite reserve of resources there for you. If you had the patience to sit there and wait for it to appear on your screen, that is…

Jump forward to the modern day and most contract phones have the capacity to access the internet from almost anywhere in the world.

Should we really be surprised, then, when we learn that the newspapers have been hacking certain peoples'mobile phones? If you ask me, no, and here’s why.

…have you ever thought about taking a more detailed look at your partners emails, even if it was for an innocent purpose such as seeing what they are getting you for Christmas?

1) The idea of online privacy faded away a while ago. Nowadays, privacy isn’t something anyone can expect if they use the internet. Facebook is a fine example of a resource which lays bare everything about you for the entire world to see. If you’re using Facebook, you’ve probably dropped by on someone’s profile and looked at their photos without actually asking them if that’s OK. Is there a huge difference when it comes to hacking email accounts and mobile phones? Maybe, but the gap is getting smaller all the time.

2) We buy more newspapers now than ever before, so the thirst for new information and scandal is clearly as great as ever. So should we really be surprised when sensitive information becomes public knowledge? After all, we’re the ones supplying the demand for it, right?

3) Almost anyone out there could, if they wanted, hack into a certain website or voicemail account: many companies use special data management tools which are able to organise vast quantities of data, and there are web-sites which can enable you to connect with someone’s mobile phone, which then allows you to trace their movements. Really, the kind of technology which some of the newspapers have employed is little more than this.

4) Think about it: have you ever thought about taking a more detailed look at your partners emails, even if it was for an innocent purpose such as seeing what they are getting you for Christmas? If you have – if it’s even crossed your mind just once – then you know how tempting it can be to learn something you shouldn’t. Add millions of pounds and a wealth of competition into the mix and you have all the elements necessary for hacking to become just another usual thing which we really ought to almost expect.

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