Why everyone should be worried about cyberattacks

Agenda: WannaCry ransomware a landmark salvo in cybercrime war of attrition

The WannaCry hackers  targeted the weakest links. In response Microsoft made the unusual move last weekend of releasing a patch for Windows XP and other unsupported systems.  Photograph: iStock

The WannaCry hackers targeted the weakest links. In response Microsoft made the unusual move last weekend of releasing a patch for Windows XP and other unsupported systems. Photograph: iStock

The message on the screen began with the jaunty, almost innocuous line “ooops, your files have been encrypted!” as if the user had made a silly mistake.

More likely it was the case that someone at or near the top of the organisation had made a serious error. They had been complacent about cybersecurity and they had been caught out.

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