The world leaders’ response? *crickets chirping*
As long as North Korea exists as a rogue state… As long as Russia remains rogue… As long as we have the internet, there will be a need for cyberweapons.
If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.
SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft president Brad Smith used Friday’s global ransomware attack as a chance to call once more for the nations of the world to create and adhere to a set of Geneva Convention-like rules in cyberspace.
The massive “WannaCry” malware attack crippled more than 20% of hospitals in the United Kingdom and affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, Rob Wainwright, the head of the European Union’s “Europol” law enforcement agency, said Sunday.
The software, which spreads among Windows computers, infects and then locks up individual machines, demanding a ransom to be paid in the electronic currency Bitcoin. The attack mostly impacted computers in Europe and Asia and for the most part spared North America. The criminals behind the attack have not yet been identified.
Smith and others have long advocated that the world’s governments need to pledge not to engage in cyberattacks that target civilian infrastructure.
The includes not stockpiling flaws in computer code that can be used to craft digital weapons. Just such a stockpiled flaw was behind the rapaciousness and rapidity with which the WannaCry ransomware spread.