WannaCrypt, WannaCry, WannaDie? This world’s sorry state of information security

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May 162017
 

May 12th 2017 saw the largest outbreak of ransomware to date with a massive impact to computer systems worldwide.
Although somebody, almost by mistake, found a way to temporarily hold the spread of this virus, history has shown that copycat actions based on the same code will follow sooner rather then later.
Over the weekend already one more strain of this virus has been spotted in the wild and this one doesn’t respond to the same “kill-switch” that was deployed against the original version.
How did we come this far?
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Apple vs. FBI and why it is disturbing that a private company needs to protect us from the government The clash of data protection and law enforcement

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Mar 292016
 

December 2nd 2015, San Bernardino California USA
Two gunmen burst into a party from the local government where one of them actually works and in a shooting spray kill 14 and injure a further 22. In the man/woman hunt following the incident the attackers get shot and killed by the police.
During the investigation an pass-code protected iPhone 5C is recovered belonging to the San Bernardino local authorities which may or may not hold vital information.

This could have been just a headline out of any US-based news agency on any given day in any given year and nobody would have given it much thought several months later, certainly not the entire tech-sector.
So why is this case any different except for the label “terrorism” stuck to it?
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