You may think that conspiracy theories only happen in the movies, right? Well, most of the time it does but who says it can’t happen in real life too. You’d be surprised how more colorful and exciting true-to-life stories are than those works of fiction. Let’s just take for instance the last US election wherein the citizens of this land elected Donald Trump to the highest position in the country, the President of the United States of America. For someone who hasn’t served in public office at all, this is an astonishing feat and suffice it to say that his candidacy is also just as filled with fanfare and so many scandals.
The resurfacing of the issue on missing server drives among others has been brought up recently. This is most likely related to the hacking of Russian Intelligence officers on the very same missing DNC servers on that fateful election that is arguably one of the most intense this nation has ever witnessed. It has segregated people into political parties: whether you are a Democrat or a Republican supporter. What’s concerning in this whole picture is the fact that sensitive channels like these apparently can be broken and hacked is really alarming. It may be just another campaign strategy for some but this is a big concern especially that we practically rely on the web and on the many tech contrivances we own on a lot of things.
THE DNC COMPUTER SERVER
“Where is the server, I wanna know, where is the server? And what is the server saying?” Trump asked Monday during a joint news conference in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We have groups wondering why the FBI never took the server, why haven’t they taken the server?” Trump added. “Why was the FBI told to leave the office of the Democratic National Committee? I’ve been wondering that.”
It is disconcerting to find out that scandals like this can happen to the government and on popular people, meaning it can happen to everyone else. Any computer hardware can be hacked and your data can be stolen and used by others without you knowing. Imagine how many of your sensitive data is at risk if you don’t do something about it. Even backing up your data won’t be sufficient because data can be stolen and used in a variety of ways without your consent. Installing firewalls or antivirus won’t stand a chance against persistent bugs. Even President Donald Trump claims to have no knowledge about these servers yet perhaps the damage has said and done.
The DNC server
On July 13, the Justice Department charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Hillary Clinton campaign staffers.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment confirms previous findings from the U.S. intelligence community. In April 2016, Russian intelligence officials installed spying software on the computer network of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which works to elect members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The hack in turn allowed them access to 33 Democratic National Committee computers. The emails obtained through the hack were pushed out on social media beginning in June 2016, and Wikileaks soon joined that effort.
At some point, the FBI and DNC started working together to fight the hack and investigate how it happened, but DNC was slow to react to the FBI’s initial warning that their server had been compromised.
If a country as rich and powerful as the US faces these problems, other poorer and most likely less industrialized countries face problems like this one on their day-to-day. How can you feel safe anymore if all your pertinent details on the web are only one click away by a hacker or a cybercriminal? The least you can do is to safeguard your own device and ensure all private information can only be accessed by you all the time. If you aren’t careful enough, you won’t only end up with lost data but with a broken device too. Once broken, getting your hard drive fixed, for instance, can cost a fortune. You’ll have to look for contractors that charge reasonably but have the facility and expertise needed to do the job right because there are plenty of scammers littered across the web who are only out for your money.