Teach perils of ransomware at school
I would like to thank Computeractive for the excellent analysis of the Wannacry ransomware attack in Issue 503. It was reassuring to read an explanation of what had happened that wasn’t stuffed with jargon and so-called ‘facts’.
During the weekend of the attack I looked in vain for an intelligent response. News programmes on TV tried their best, but they all had the same problem. The presenters were mostly eloquent, but lacking in knowledge, and seemingly proud of their technical ignorance.
They were interviewing security experts who suffered from the usual problem of experts. They obviously knew what they were talking about, but were incapable of articulating it in the kind of language ordinary people use. It was almost like they had too much information in their brains and their tongues couldn’t cope.
I think you were right to predict that Wannacry will be the first of many large attacks over the next few years. I know that a lot of people blame the elderly for clicking dodgy links in emails, but I think schools should do more to educate children. There’s a lot of emphasis on warning kids about the dangers of social media, but very little about how to avoid malware. The next generation needs to be better informed. If anything good comes out of the Wannacry attack, it’s that the word ‘ransomware’ has now entered common parlance. As a Computeractive subscriber I first encountered it several years ago. But I noticed how many of my friends who aren’t heavy computer users started to ask me whether I had heard of “this thing called ransomware”. Hopefully it’s no longer seen as something only tech experts should be worried about.