“Millions of people saw their computers shut down by ransomware, with demands for payments in digital currency to have their access restored. Tens of thousands of employees at Mondelez International, the maker of Oreo cookies, had their data completely wiped. FedEx reported that an attack on a European subsidiary had halted deliveries and cost $300 million. Hospitals in Pennsylvania, Britain and Indonesia had to turn away patients. The attacks disrupted production at a car plant in France, an oil company in Brazil and a chocolate factory in Tasmania, among thousands of enterprises affected worldwide.” Those are just a few recent cyberattacks that all have one very disturbing factor in common. The tools used against companies, individuals, and governments were all developed by the National Security Agency. And at this point, we’re more certain that there will be more attacks and less certain that we’ll find who stole the cyberweapons (or whether or not there are still high-level leakers inside the agency). As you can imagine, it’s not a particularly fun time to be working at the NSA. From the NYT: Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the NSA to Its Core. “Morale has plunged, and experienced specialists are leaving the agency for better-paying jobs — including with firms defending computer networks from intrusions that use the N.S.A.’s leaked tools.” (A subtext to this story is the extent to which the migration from traditional to cyber warfare has erased some military advantages and leveled the playing field.)

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