“I woke up and found out that my e-mail account was hacked, and that the whole content of my e-mail was published online. So it was available for everyone in the world. Of course, it’s awful. I was crying, because, as you can imagine, suddenly you feel yourself exposed to everybody — naked.”
Inside Uzbekistan, hacking attacks and data breaches can lead to threats of prosecution, and force people to flee the country, as happened to Dmitry Tikhonov. But in today’s interconnected world, events outside Uzbekistan — such as the hack of Galima Bukharbaeva’s email account in Berlin — can also have devastating effects for people in Uzbekistan, thousands of miles away.
A leaked letter has exposed Shell’s attempts to cover up the release of data on the “astonishingly high” levels of ongoing oil pollution in Bodo, in the Niger Delta. This was the location of two massive oil spills from a faulty pipeline in 2008.