No Easy Solutions to the Problems Underlying the WannaCry Ransomware Exploitation
We are fielding a number of inquiries on the recent ransomware situation affecting computers globally. Our point of view is that (a) the rapid and wide spread of the malware clearly illustrates the risks of widely-interconnected systems, and (b) much if not most of the pain is very avoidable.
To recap: an exploit of Microsoft Windows named EternalBlue, thought to be developed by a branch of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), was leaked or stolen, and on May 12 became the basis for a cybercriminal spread of ransomware – a demand for money in exchange for restoring attacked computers. Systems whose organizations had not installed Microsoft's Windows security update of March 14, 2017, were affected by the attack.
Now, we see many asserting that only “urgent collective action” can protect the world from future cybersecurity attacks. Such simplistic and “expert” suggestions do not solve the longer-term or core underlying issues. The...
 
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