The "western world" had always this enthusiasm about technology and what can be done with it without thinking things through to the end on safety and security levels. Not only since ten years. On a safety level, we had the time of the first cathedral builder who build always higher and mightier because they could, but forget, the weight has to sit on something. Which is the reason, you can't visit too many of the first generation of big European cathedrals anymore. They crumbled. The second generation got some influence from the outside and mathematics and architectural elements and and and and, long story short: "gothic" was the new hype. Now, about 2/3 of all those big gothic cathedrals are actually still around. The other third is gone, by wars, but mostly because people forgot to check out the piece of land they were building them. If there was rock under it well, that was good. If it was sand ... not so good.
See, an element in western culture is to do things, just because they can be done. A second element is to assume, all people in the generations before us where stupid stumbling idiots who had no idea and we are so much better now, we don't even need to look at what went wrong back then, we don't even need to learn from the past.
Hacking into communication, that's a security issue, right? Compromised encryption for example. Now, every year, the encryption of websites is broken. Nevertheless, Firefox and some others force everybody to use the encryption system that is broken every year again, not once, but a million times. Why? Because the general assumption is, the encryption is genius, all the problems are only caused by compromised user accounts and people who write their passwords down. Here is the funny thing: The Germans in WWII thought the same. They thought their ingenious encryption machine "Enigma" was secure. It was not and when the Allied broke into their code system, it became one of the things that helped them to win WWII. The first part of it was compromised in November 1940, the so called submarine-weather-code, which happened coincidentally pretty much on the day 76 years ago. So, getting hacked is not new, as history proves. The oldest hacking case I know stems from the early 13th century. Knights Templar used light signals and a kind of Morse code like system but the Byzantines had figured out their code and attempted to use it to confuse the crusaders under Henry of Flanders. But then, the Byzantines didn't know, the crusaders knew they knew. Convinced by "faked" messages, they amassed the only good heavy infantry they had in the wrong spot and the western knights broke through a weak spot at Adramyttion in 1205. Espionage, hacking, counter-espionage in 1205 with actually all the ingredients we saw 800 and something years later again when the DNC was hacked. And Hilary's emails. And the FBI. And the new NSA data center. And ... well, you get the gist.
The basic problem is not one specific software, the problem sits a lot deeper, and yes, it is a western world problem, or rather a western culture problem. But since in those technological areas, the western world makes the music, the whole world dances after it. The funny result is, we have nuclear submarines now who can suffer from regular Windows viruses. Not only in the US. The latest British and French models too. But there are reports, the latest Russian Boomer generation has also the same problem and rumors has it, even the Chinese 9-4 subs as well.
Here is something to think about: Modern cryptology is based almost exclusively on the use of gigantic prime numbers. The idea is, to figure out such a number takes so much time and computer power, that a regular hacker can#t do it. Which, so the official opinion, reduces the hacking risk to compromised user accounts and in some cases classic espionage methods. So, up to that level, it sounds all nice and logic. The longer a key, the longer you need to break it by brute force. The point not even questioned is, does a hacker need brute force? Or can he find the needed keys on some other ways. In many cases, he can. For example, modern planes get updates for routes when they are connected during maintenance to a network. So, basically, there is a maintenance account hidden in any commercial liner's software. Now, if someone can for example hack into the entertainment network from inside the plane and this entertainment network is not 100% separated from the flight network, what could here go possibly wrong?
Aside of it, the theory, that it takes so long to figure out the prime numbers for encryption is a theory. Look up Riemann hypothesis. It is, as of yet, not completely proven, but the hypothesis is actually, there is a function that can produce large prime numbers. Well, simplified picture of course.
Free speech can never be achieved by dictatorial measures!