The recent series of “ransomware” cyberattacks are putting the world in turmoil, and thousands of businesses and government agencies in over 150 countries have been greatly affected. More on this issue from this article on the Boston Globe:
Since Friday, more than 200,000 computers worldwide have been rendered inoperable by the aptly named “WannaCry” cyberattack. And it could have been a lot worse.
The malware attacked corporations and government agencies across Europe and Asia, affecting patient care in Britain’s National Health Service, Chinese ATMs, Russian government computers, and several car manufacturing plants.
But had it not been for a fast-acting researcher — and a critical flaw in the malware itself — companies everywhere might have opened their doors Monday morning to discover rooms full of unusable computers, all flashing the same terrible message “Oops your files have been encrypted! . . . send $300 worth of bitcoin.”
It could still happen tomorrow, or in the days after. Already, more pernicious versions of WannaCry have been released into the wild. Meanwhile, blame has been aimed in multiple directions: at users, for not applying a patch Microsoft has made available that could have thwarted the attack; at Microsoft itself, for failing to create timely patches for older but still-common operating systems like Windows XP; and most pointedly at the US National Security Agency, which has known about this particular vulnerability for some time — but kept it secret so that agents could use it for their own surveillance needs.
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