Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Cyber Shit has hit the Fan

The WannaCry ransomware outbreak that stated yesterday is troubling in several ways.

There Internet is a wonderful thing.  It has the changed the world in some many wonderful ways.  One of the keys to the success of the Internet, is trust.  We do business with people we never meet, we buy products from companies across the globe located in places we’ve never been, and we stay in other peoples’ homes (and let strangers stay in ours) simply based on a digital image.  That trust (and the Internet as a whole) is a fragile thing.  Resiliency was not bot built into the technologies we use and human emotions can only take so much.  The trust and faith we have and need will wear away as more and more bad things happen.

Certainly, the evil thugs who launched the malware should be despised by all. Unfortunately, it is not easy to find them and bring them to justice.  What is even more troubling is the behavior of the US government.  What “spying” and “intelligence” is worth the destruction that took place yesterday and continues to wreak havoc?  The NSA should immediately disclose any vulnerabilities it discovers to manufacturers unless we are engaged in an active war.  At this point the US government has no active declarations of war (and the War on Terror is as poor excuse to jeopardize every computer in the world) so it is time to totally revamp the Vulnerabilities Equity Process.  We need to protect all people against real cyber threats that occur every day rather than fighting some ephemeral threat that may or may not be stopped by leaving millions of computers to vulnerability to exploits.   

This is our wake-up call!

For a good technical explanation of how to deal with this, head to the Varonis blog for information on securing systems with DatAlert.

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