Lots of fallout from the WaanaCry Ransomware attack that hit large parts of the world last week. Although the spread of this particular attack was thwarted relatively early on (albeit accidentally) by an examination of the attack’s anatomy, it re-opens a discussion involving vendors, governments and citizens on responsibilities. Is it the vendors responsibility to make things safe for the end user? Is it the governments responsibility to tell vendors of security flaws they find? Is it our responsibility to update software to elimate known vulnerabilities?
Microsoft certainly feel strongly about the subject, having issued patches for an operating system it stopped supporting 3 years ago. Turns out that XP and Windows 8 continue to live on with 11.6% of Windows desktops and 17.9% of Windows servers. That’s a lot of vulnerable systems that need to be protected.
Despite the devastation, estimates are that the hackers made only £50k as those savvy enough to pay with bitcoins are probably smart enough to have patched their legacy Microsoft estate; Non-intersecting Venn Diagram required to explain.
Staying with security, we move to the IoT, where a child explained the weaponisation of toys to a cyber security conference, and Google have funded a new ‘general purpose sensor’ aimed at making it far easier to get data from non-smart devices. (‘One sensor to rule them all?’).
Whilst we don’t normally cover legacy technologies, Fraunhofer is no longer to charge a licence fee on MP3 technology, signals the recognition that better audio codecs are here.
Finally for this week, as robots start to teach other robots and one robot lands a simulated 737, Japan declares them the future to deal with Labour shortages – Faster, cheaper and more accurate.