Mikko Hypponen: How the NSA betrayed the world's trust -- time to act
Mikko Hypponen - Cybersecurity expert
As computer access expands, Mikko Hypponen asks: What's the next killer virus, and will the world be able to cope with it? And also: How can we protect digital privacy in the age of government surveillance? Full bio
through revelations and leaks
through the United States.
of surveillance that are okay.
to tap the suspect's phone,
to suspect of some wrongdoings.
because we did not know this already.
We didn't know about PRISM.
We didn't know about Cybertrans.
might have house alarms,
are doing their job.
of the Internet traffic today is encrypted,
the collection from Microsoft
backdoor access to their data.
by their own government.
on Thursday evening in a pub.
but let's take an example.
Amazon web services or sales support?
business leader does that every single day.
to the United States.
to throw away the Constituion
just because there are terrorists?
and all the amendments
and fundamental freedoms
is such an existential threat,
maybe that surveillance is okay
the very first thing I tweeted about this
to U.S. intelligence.
Am I sending naked pictures or something?
of your government's business either.
of information we are giving away,
of corrupt presidents like Nixon.
of surveillance tools that are available today.
of expression and opinion,
is right now treating the Internet
and software companies with these revelations --
for the U.S. cloud industry
for the rest of the world
and cloud services.
to solve the problem by itself.
About the speaker:Mikko Hypponen - Cybersecurity expert
As computer access expands, Mikko Hypponen asks: What's the next killer virus, and will the world be able to cope with it? And also: How can we protect digital privacy in the age of government surveillance?
Why you should listen
The chief research officer at F-Secure Corporation in Finland, Mikko Hypponen has led his team through some of the largest computer virus outbreaks in history. His team took down the world-wide network used by the Sobig.F worm. He was the first to warn the world about the Sasser outbreak, and he has done classified briefings on the operation of the Stuxnet worm -- a hugely complex worm designed to sabotage Iranian nuclear enrichment facilities.
As a few hundred million more Internet users join the web from India and China and elsewhere, and as governments and corporations become more sophisticated at using viruses as weapons, Hypponen asks, what's next? Who will be at the front defending the world’s networks from malicious software? He says: "It's more than unsettling to realize there are large companies out there developing backdoors, exploits and trojans."
Even more unsettling: revelations this year that the United States' NSA is conducting widespread digital surveillance of both US citizens and anyone whose data passes through a US entity, and that it has actively sabotaged encryption algorithms. Hypponen has become one of the most outspoken critics of the agency's programs and asks us all: Why are we so willing to hand over digital privacy?
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