Have you heard of Beckileaks? It’s the latest scandal sweeping Britain, and it wouldn’t have happened without poor email security.
Russian hackers gained access to millions of emails and documents on the computers of David Beckham’s PR representative. Spotting an opportunity to profit, the hackers blackmailed the soccer star, asking to be paid one million pounds or else everything would be released. Instead of complying, Beckham’s team called the police.
As you can imagine, everything was leaked.
In one correspondence, Beckham allegedly refused to give $1 million to the UNICEF children’s charity, arguing “it’s my f***ing money”.
A spokesperson responded by saying:
“This story is based on outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails, from a third-party server, and gives a deliberately inaccurate picture. David Beckham and UNICEF have had a powerful partnership in support of children for over 15 years … David and UNICEF are rightly proud of what they have and will continue to achieve together and are happy to let the facts speak for themselves.”
In another email, he lashes out about missing the opportunity to receive a knighthood, calling the honours committee responsible for the decision “unappreciative c***s”.
This hack is just another drop in the bucket. While it’s deeply embarrassing for Beckham and takes away from much of the good charity work he does, it goes to show that everyone should assume anything discussed in an email will one day become public. It doesn’t matter who you are – but it’s especially true if you’re a celebrity or company.
Email is an archaic form of communication when you consider how far advanced other technologies like Evizone Secure Communications (ESC) are. Beckham himself wasn’t even hacked – but he wound up in the crossfire and suffered because of someone else’s poor security measures. All totally avoidable if only he had used Evizone Secure Communications.