OPINION

Exposed wires

Since Greece is a country where even the prime minister has fallen victim to mobile phone tapping, it should have already taken steps to secure its digital networks. Nevertheless, a year after espionage allegations shook the country, «Greece remains a defenseless country,» the head of the Communications Privacy Protection Authority (ADAE), Andreas Lambrinopoulos, admits. Some might argue that addressing such concerns is a luxury as Greece is still far from solving more fundamental security problems, such as everyday crime and (as the recent grenade attack on the US Embassy attack demonstrated) domestic terrorism. However, the country is quickly entering the digital age and the authorities must also move to address digital-related security. That will help safeguard private life and other vital social functions. The supply of water and electricity, the smooth operation of hospitals and transport – these are all controlled via computers and digital networks. Securing these must be a top priority.