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On Friday May 12, 2017 news broke of a widespread ransomware outbreak known as “WannaCry” or several similar variations of similar names. Much has been written about the outbreak itself related to the apparent origins being rooted in the confluence of vulnerabilities stockpiled by the United States’ National Security Administration (NSA), which were stolen and linked by the “Shadow Brokers” organization, and hacking tools developed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that were subsequently published online by WikiLeaks. The overall outbreak has led to much finger pointing between governments and technology vendors, and in my opinion, there is plenty of responsibility to go around in this instance.
However, there is a broader story associated with this outbreak which I believe is the first of many to come as a result of cyber weapons being stolen and made available in a public forum. It also highlights a few key issues that need to be addressed. (more…)