Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images As a computer worm linked to hacking files and zero-day exploits collected by the National Security Agency continues to travel across the globe, it’s worth taking stock of how we got here — and what we can do to prevent the next attack. Unfortunately, as with so many things, it all comes down to Windows. The ransomware — known as WannaCry, and apparently derived from an NSA-developed exploit called “Eternalblue” that was leaked earlier this year by a group known as the Shadow Brokers — encrypts whole computers, making their files inaccessible without a decryption key, which can only be acquired by paying up. It has, in this case, made medical files unavailable throughout England. And because it’s a worm, it spreads automatically from computer to computer, which explains why so many systems are going down at once. The problem is not that Windows is particularly insecure — or, at least, it’s not just that Windows is particularly insecure. It’s that Windows is the most popular operating system in the world, and is generally the operating system of choice on most of the computers that people have at home, and oftentimes, at their place of work…. Read full this story
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