Even Israel's Secret Service Can Be Hacked, and This Expert Knows Why

Moran Cerf, a French-Israeli neuroscientist and one of the first Israeli hackers, thinks human error enabled the recent spate of attacks targeting Israel. In an interview, he explains how to protect your privacy and security

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A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017.
A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017.Credit: Kacper Pempel / REUTERS
Anat Georgy
Anat Georgy
Anat Georgy
Anat Georgy

One of Israel’s biggest information security experts couldn’t believe it had happened to him. A young hacker by the name of Moran Cerf managed to crack his password, break into his computer and gain access to his most secret, private information. Everything was revealed with frightening clarity: his bank and credit card information, his emails. The message was clear: With a little determination, daring and perhaps talent as well, it’s possible to hack anyone and anything, from private individuals to large, well-secured corporations.

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