Global Ransomware Attack Reminds Us of the Dark Side of Our Increasingly Connected World

We live in a connected world. We can use a smartphone at work to turn on lights at home, install refrigerators that order their own groceries. All these computer networks, public and private, allow for efficiency, but an unsecured network is the cyber equivalent of going on vacation and leaving your front door unlocked.Networks are only as secure as their weakest link, which is why public Wi-Fi networks can be a gateway to cyber-mischief and cyber-crime. Last week, the world got a major taste of these vulnerabilities during a massive ransomware attack — dubbed WannaCry — on hundreds of thousands of computers in hospitals, universities, warehouses, banks and other businesses in more than 150 countries.  Continue reading...

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