The WannaCry virus was just the beginning


Playing with fire

If the general public is guilty of cyber illiteracy, certain governments lack cyber wisdom. The UK’s NHS, for instance, was stricken by WannaCry because chronic underfunding has prevented its computers’ operating systems from being upgraded to Windows 10. Then there is the issue of culpability, since the vulnerabilities that enabled the ransomware attack had been discovered, hoarded, and weaponized by the National Security Agency (NSA) for the purpose of surveillance, much to Microsoft’s chagrin. When the NSA realized that it had been hacked it advised Microsoft to release a software patch, but it proved to be too little, too late.

2018 winner of the Dalton Camp Award for essay-writing. M.A. Political Science. I'll go to the mat for the Oxford comma.

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