The Day Summed Up #8

Unfortunately, due to wifi issues, I wasn’t able to post anything yesterday. So, let’s see what I’ve missed. Well, a 16 year old boy from West London has been charged in connection with the Talk Talk hack. I previously spoke about the first arrest, a 15 year old boy from Northern Ireland. Both boys’ home addresses were searched, along with an address in Liverpool, although no arrests were made in relation to that particular search. I said it previously and I’ll say it again: in the world we live in, anybody is capable of hacking and accessing personal information. No one could have guessed last Wednesday, when the hack on Talk Talk was announced that a 2 young teenagers would later be arrested in connection with it. All it takes is a computer and an Internet connection. It’s worrying frankly. Hacks occur very frequently, not always on such a scale of the Talk Talk hack, but they happen often. Not all information is encrypted on the Internet. Talk Talk’s chief executive Dido Harding has said that any bank details accessed would have been incomplete, with X’s concealing certain digits. Ok that is reassuring, but that’s not encryption. When you hand over bank details on the Internet, we don’t know how they are going to be stored. How they can be accessed. Who can access them. 

Sir John Chilcot has announced that his infamous inquiry into the Iraq War won’t be ready until June or July 2016. It will be published over 12 years after the invasion of Iraq, and the inquiry began in 2009. It’s due to be ready in April 2016, after which, security checks will need to be carried out before it’s put into the public domain. Various politicians and military leaders have their reputations at stake, and multiple delays in the publication date have therefore been caused by legal teams trying to defend the people they represent as best as possible.  The report aims to focus on the culpability for the war; strategic errors and political decisions. Tony Blair has denied that he is responsible for the delay. The PM has said he is “disappointed” at the length of time the report has taken to reach a conclusion. However, it’s been pointed out by James Landale, deputy political editor for the BBC, that “the Saville inquiry into Bloody Sunday, a single incident, took 12 years compared to Chilcot’s seven year study into the causes and consequences of an entire war”. Despite this, families need answers. The public need answers. And that measage will I’m sure be received uneasily by Sir John Chilcot and his team. 

In other news, the Argentine inquiry into the Top Gear incident involving a number plate supposedly referencing the Falklands War has been reopened, threatening prison for the Top Gear trio and the producers. 

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