US President elect Donald Trump believes computers are not safe and it is better to follow your conventional methods when it comes to dealing with sensitive information or matter.
According to the reports in the US media, while interacting with reporters on the New Year eve, Trump said that no computer was safe. News reports quoted him saying, “It’s very important, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old fashioned way because I’ll tell you what, no computer is safe.”
He further said that even a 10-year-old boy can do anything with a computer, “I don’t care what they say, no computer is safe. I have a boy who’s 10-years-old, he can do anything with a computer. You want something to really go without detection, write it out and have it sent by courier.”
That is in stark contrast to what is happening in India.
The country is preparing to go digital with financial transactions and the government intends to usher in an era of cashless economy hoping it will weed out parallel economy and black money from the system and thus will help in eradicating corruption. The government is going big about it, promoting and launching digital payment platforms with the latest addition of BHIM app that will act as a Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
But there are many who are worried about cyber threats to this digital push. And they have reasons to believe so.
US Barack Obama has expelled 35 Russian diplomats for the alleged Russian role in cyber attacks on the US political parties in the recently concluded US Presidential polls. We can gauge its seriousness from the fact that such a huge public expulsion of diplomats is rarely seen in the US-Russia ties.
Then we cannot forget that when Rahul Gandhi’s and other leaders’ Twitter accounts were hacked recently, it took many hours to restore them, in spite of being such high-profile cases. These are just some much talked about instances. Hacking is increasing rapidly with spread of digitisation in our lives.
When the US Presidential Polls is not safe from cyber threats or when the US President elect prefers to use a ‘courier’ than a computer to exchange sensitive information, can we believe our money will be safe in apps of our mobile wallets? Though the government has assured that it has worked on this aspect, detractors and the political opposition is counting the threats of the move with such instances.