The computer security infrastructure is riddled with holes. What happened with WannaCry this past weekend will happen again and again, and future incidents will be even more serious. From Karl Denninger at theburningplatform.com:
I hate having to use this….
It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote a few articles on the hubris of our government thinking they were the smartest people in the room when it came to computer hacking. I pointed out that while we undoubtedly have very smart people working for the NSA and other three-letter agencies so do other nations and their people, along with “unaffiliated” folks who are just plain old-fashioned troublemakers, are equally smart.
Indeed, that was the focus of an article from 10/2014 in relation to one of Comey’s brain-farts in which he implored Congress to basically force back doors into US-made equipment and software.
Now we get treated to the outcome without the force first, because the NSA was writing that code anyway and a group of crooks got their hands on it, perverted it to force cryptolocker software on computers and is spamming it all over the globe.
I have also said repeatedly that nobody in their right mind runs “packaged” software, say much less “cloud based” software, for critical system purposes from places like Microsoft or any of the other big vendors. Why? Because there are too many damned cooks in the kitchen, too many of them are incompetent and will drop a rat in the stew pot whether on accident or otherwise and too many shortcuts will be taken.
To continue reading: The Cost of Arrogance