Last April, a leak of 11.5 millions files from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca stopped the world. Newspapers from all over the world informed about the thousands of secrets revealed, and The Guardian was one of the most active. In a very interesting article, that today in this post we're going to comment, the british newspaper made a list of the principal revelations of the Panama Papers.
Many popular names appear on the Panama Papers: Vladimir Putin ($2bn offshore trail leads to him), David Cameron's father (his fund avoided paying UK taxes), FIFA's president Gianni Infantino (sport's corruption scandal case) or Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe ara some of these names. The leak has also revealed that some of the most powerful leaders in the world has used offshore companies in the past, for example eight members of the China's Communist Party elite.
This massive leak shows us that cybersecurity still has a long way to go and improve, and it's not the only case in the last years. Let's briefly comment some key names that explains why we're living now in the era of filtrations:
- Edward Snowden: this former CIA employee copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 without authoritzation. The information, that revealed many global surveillance programs, appeared in the most important newspapers in the world, The Guardian included. The U.S. Department of Justice unleashed charges against him for espionage and theft, and nowadays Snowden is living in Russia, that gives him asylum since 213. Some call him a hero and others a traitor, but the only truth is that Edward Snowden has fueled the debate about the balance between national security and information privacy.
- Julian Assange: Assange is the creator and editor-in-chief of the organisation WikiLeaks, that since 2006 has revealed millions of secret documents about very sensitive issues (Iraq war, US presidential election campaigns, 9/11, Guantanamo, Syria, etc.). After the United States government launched a criminal investigations into WikiLeaks and a request was made for Assange's extraditation to Sweden, he has lived in Ecuador's british embassy since 2012.
- Chelsea (born Bradley) Manning: sentenced to 35 years in prision, this United States Army soldier was convicted of violations of the Espionage Act and stealing government property that he later gave to Wikileaks
Definetly we're on the era of filtrations and massive leaks, it's a reality that can't be denied. It might have positive and negatives interpretations, but there's one thing for sure: right now the cybersecurity bussiness is more important than it was yesterday and less important that it'll be tomorrow.