No One Has Secrets Anymore

John HodaA private investigator in Wichita told reporters recently that “secrets” are a thing of the past.

Reporters for The Wichita Eagle talked recently to Emery Goad, a private investigator in the Wichita area seems to think that if the information exists, hackers will find it.

“Make the assumption that you have no secrets,” Goad told reporters. “Because you don’t have any secrets, not anymore.”

After Turkish cyberthieves hacked a City Hall procurement website in Wichita, the article says, two internet sites claimed that critical information was stolen. Both Goad and Ravi Pendse, a Ph.D. researcher and expert on the Internet, database storage and cybersecurity, were affected by the incident.

“I hate to sound so scary,” Pendse told the Eagle. “But we all are surrounded by malicious actors [who] are constantly developing new ideas, and you need to hope that those who protect you are always one step ahead.”

It’s is crucial for private investigators to understand the modern surveillance environment, both for their investigative purposes and the purposes of data security.

“There are now YouTube videos to teach you how to hack,” Pendse said. “If you Google how to hack, you might get 9 million hits, with YouTube videos teaching you step by step.”

Data mining is a big part of the problem, the article goes on to say. Data miners gather and catalog information, which they can then sell to business like marketing firms. The problem, that Goad says, is that no one knows exactly who these data miners can be.

In the digital age, both Goad and Pense urge caution, the author wrote. Because images and videos can be sent anywhere at anytime, it is important to be vigilant when acting publicly. And because of the power of data miners, the author argues, it’s important to know that everything posted online is permanent, and can be found, if you’re looking hard enough.