You are the key to keeping your computer safe

Published July 1, 2017

An opinion piece on CNN by Arun Vishwanath, associate professor of communication, looks at the latest major ransomware attack that is affecting computer networks around the world, and the need to start thinking about cyber safety more comprehensively and include users in solving the problem. “WannaCry was only stopped because a vigilant researcher discovered a critical weakness in its code. The current attack, at least for now, has also stalled because the email account used by the hackers to manage their ransom demands was blocked by the email provider. But it's almost certain that a hacker somewhere is already developing a workaround. The next attack will surely be bigger, bolder and more consequential. And the next time we might not be so lucky,” he writes.

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