Where does data harvesting occur?
Encrypted data, while in transmission, is susceptible to interception and harvesting at multiple points, each posing distinct risks and challenges. At the user’s server, data can be intercepted due to weak cryptography or mishandling of certificates. BGP hijacking involves deceiving servers about a compromised system’s data delivery capability, rerouting data through unexpected paths. Undersea cables, especially in international waters, can be tapped by entities like governments or non-state actors, intercepting data transmitted through them. Satellite data can be intercepted using relatively inexpensive equipment, making it a vulnerable point for data transmission, especially in remote or international locations. Each interception point poses risks of the harvested data being stored and decrypted in the future using advanced quantum computing capabilities, making the implementation of quantum-secure cryptography imperative to safeguard against future data exploitation.