The Pegasus project revelations make for uncomfortable studying, however needs to be of little shock (Revealed: leak uncovers global abuse of cyber-surveillance weapon, 18 July), and I’d urge warning to these looking for to current this as a technological downside. We all know that there are regimes that wish to oppress individuals and that there are mercenaries who will likely be trying to revenue from this. This has been happening for hundreds of years.
Sure, we are able to take steps to enhance the safety of on a regular basis expertise, and these ought to proceed to be taken to try to create a secure and safe on-line house. However satirically, the safer you make the expertise, the bigger the potential earnings for the mercenaries, as a result of demand will increase as fewer individuals can efficiently goal units and web companies.
Sadly, this sort of espionage will proceed whereas there’s a marketplace for it. Oppressive regimes will proceed to oppress and endanger those that arise in opposition to them utilizing no matter means they’ve entry to. Regulating and controlling this spyware and adware business won’t discourage these regimes from buying the expertise or stop them from utilizing it to suppress dissent. We are able to, and may, take steps to additional safe the expertise that we use each day, however our issues are geopolitical and societal ones, not wholly technological.
Dr Duncan Hodges
Senior lecturer in our on-line world operations, Cranfield College