Donald Trump continues with his electoral campaign. This week he has decided to give an edge to internet cybersecurity and assures that it is very difficult for them to hack us on the net, even a controversial statement at least.
The president of the United States, fond of scandalous statements, has given his opinion on computer hacking at a campaign event in Tucson, Arizona. According to Donald Trump: ” Nobody gets hacked. To get hacked you need someone with 197 IQ and they need about 15 percent of your password .”
His statements are based on the statement of Steve Scully, political editor of C-SPAN, who this week has admitted to having lied about an alleged hack of his Twitter account. The presenter was supposed to lead the second debate that has ended up being suspended, but was fired by the C-SPAN chain after using a false hack as an excuse to evade his responsibility for a tweet that had gone viral.
The tweet in question was addressed to former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, asking him to respond to statements by the president. Whatever the issue of Scully’s tweet and lie, Trump’s statements are very dangerous by downplaying cybersecurity and the cybersecurity attacks that are increasing every day.
To begin with, it is not true that no one is currently hacked, Donald Trump himself and his companies have suffered several computer attacks. As explained in TechCrunch, Trump’s hotel chain has suffered up to two hacks and they were reported to state regulators as required by national law. In them the clients of the hotels suffered the theft of their bank details.
Not surprisingly, cybersecurity experts claim that both companies and users are susceptible to being attacked on their mobiles, computers or any device. To this day there is no infallible method that protects us from these attacks. The first advice that cybersecurity companies give us is that we must be aware of the risk and take all possible measures, which is why Trump’s statements are so dangerous.
According to Statista, in the second quarter of 2020, 146,994 unique phishing websites were detected. And that would be a small part of the entire cybercrime network facing the internet. Ransomware attacks would be the ones that have grown the most in recent years, targeting companies and administrations, especially.
The joke that a person needs to have an IQ of 197 to be able to steal your accounts is overlooked. Even the claim that criminals need 15% of your password to steal from you is nonsense. Hackers use many mechanisms to attack users and companies in which they do not require such personal data.