If you’re online then you’re being tracked by someone somewhere. Maybe it’s just your internet service provider, but even they capture data about your device, which websites you visit, how and where you traverse the web. Add a VPN to your online routine to gain more security, but recognize that even hackers who do that get caught.
Google and Facebook provide users with free software and services in exchange for each of the gathering private information about their users. Most people think that’s a fair trade, although to be fair, most people probably don’t know what information is being captured.
Who can you trust with your privacy?
I ask the question and worry about Apple thanks to the notorious Bloomberg report that says Apple’s servers in China were hacked.
Apple to Congress:
You should know that Bloomberg provided us with no evidence to substantiate their claims and our internal investigations concluded their claims were simply wrong
To be fair, I trust Apple to do the right thing more than I trust Bloomberg, and definitely more than members of Congress, but the scandal does point out that perhaps no one can be trusted with our private information.
Bloomberg’s report suggested that China was able to infiltrate these companies via computer hardware manufactured by Supermicro, a California-based manufacturer of specialty servers that counted Amazon’s Elemental video encoding subsidiary among its clients. By placing a tiny chip on Elemental’s servers, Chinese hackers were looking to open up corporate networks from the inside, making them vulnerable to espionage and other malicious attacks
So, it isn’t as if Apple was deliberately looking for methods to spy on customers. We all know that no system designed and made by members of humanity is foolproof. Why not? Fools are so ingenious.
Our internal investigations directly contradict every consequential assertion made in the article—some of which, we note, were based on a single anonymous source… Apple has never found malicious chips, ‘hardware manipulations’ or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server.
But that does not mean that such devices or methods to track customers or hack into private information are not there. Let’s look at this a different way. First, Apple may not admit to the hacking attempts if the were there. Or, second, Apple may not know that such hacking attempts were made. Or, third, Apple knew about the attempts, scuttled them accordingly, and now won’t admit to the hacks.
Whatever it is, the answer to the question, “Who Can Be Trusted With Your Privacy?” just lost another member.