Cyberattack Creates Major Setback

Cyberattack Creates Major Setback

Last Friday's cyberattack created chaos all over the world, who is to hold accountable and why?

More than 300,000 computers fell victim to an enormous cyberattack this past Friday, leaving many people worldwide questioning the security of their personal information.

According to USA Today, “A massive attack from the “WannaCry” malware crippled more than 20% of hospitals in the United Kingdom and affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, harming 100,000 organizations said Rob Wainwright, the head of the European Union’s “Europol” law enforcement agency. The software, which spreads among Windows computers, infects and then locks up individual machines. The cyber criminals who unleashed the malware then demanded a ransom to be paid in the electronic currency Bitcoin to unlock the computers. The attack mostly impacted computers in Europe and Asia and spared North America.”

The cyberattack affected modes of transportation, hospitals, and computers all over the world such as Europe, Russia, America, India, and etc. Some businesses were more vulnerable than others. Most banks, however, were not affected by the malicious virus. Banks are constantly upgrading their security for cases just like this to protect their investments and customers’ money. Hospitals, on the other hand, did fall victim the virus. Most hospitals, especially in the United Kingdom, for example, had been hacked causing the majority of the computers to malfunction and to become incapable of processing and collecting data. Nurses had to take notes by hand, and some operations had to be postponed, since the computers were needed for surgical operations and diagnostics.

According to CBS News, “This latest attack was more widespread [than past attacks], taking advantage of a known vulnerability in older Microsoft software to force the shutdown of hospitals and other businesses around the world by encrypting files to make them inaccessible until a ransom of $300 was paid.”

The attack also leaked crucial files from the US National Security Agency. The hackers currently remain anonymous and at large, though there has been some speculation that the attack may have been allegedly initiated by North Korea It’s only a matter of time before the successful hackers strike back with another sinister program.

Beside harming national security in the US, the virus also threatened wealthy companies such as Disney.

According to FOX News, “Digital hackers have reportedly gotten their mitts on a copy of Disney's new "Pirates of the Caribbean" film. the hackers are demanding a lot of Bitcoin loot, or they will release the film online before its May 26 premiere date.”

Although Disney has refused to pay the ransom, they are working with the FBI in order to help catch the culprits responsible for the attack.

Hackers are becoming more and more crafty with manipulating technology to their personal benefits. Viruses and cyber attacks have become a more pressing issue as our society continues to advance in its understanding of technology.

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Does Technology Make Us More Alone?

Technology -- we all love it and we all use it, but how is it affecting us?

In this day and age, it is near impossible to do anything without the use of technology. You can pay your bills, manage your bank accounts and even chat with a customer service representative all with the use of your smartphone.

Is the use of technology starting to take away from our person-to-person interaction? Think about how often you grab your smartphone or tablet and text your friends instead of picking up the phone to call them or, better yet, making plans to hang out in person.

Technology is supposed to make us feel more connected by allowing us to stay in touch with our friends by using social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter and of course, texting. But are our smartphones getting in the way of socializing? Does technology make us feel more alone?

There is a term that is commonly used, "FOMO" –– short for "fear of missing out." Yes, this is a real thing. If for some crazy reason you don't check your Twitter or Facebook news feed every 10 minutes are you really missing out?

The fact that we have become so dependent on knowing exactly what is going on in other people's lives is sad. We should be focusing on our own lives and our own interactions and relationships with people.

Technology is making us more alone because instead of interacting with our friends in person, we are dependent on using our phones or tablets. We start to compare ourselves and our lives to others because of how many likes we get on our Instagram photos.

We are forgetting how to use our basic communication skills because we aren't interacting with each other, anymore. We are too busy with our noses in our phones. Young kids are dependent on a tablet to keep them entertained rather than playing with toys. That is not how I want my children to grow up.

As a society, we will start to become very lonely people if we don't start making changes. We are ruining personal relationships because of the addiction to our smartphones and checking our social media sites every five minutes.

It's time for us to own our mistakes and start to change. Next time you reach for your phone, stop yourself. When you are with your friends, ignore your phone and enjoy the company of your loved ones around you.

Technology is a great thing, but it is also going to be the thing that tears us apart as a society if we don't make changes on how dependent we are on it.

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