Held to ransom by the hackers – MoneyWeek

The cyber threat goes beyond hijacking computers. It’s about economics, politics, power and human psychology.

The “WannaCry” mass ransomware attack that disrupted the NHS and other organisations around the globe has refocused attention on the issue of cybersecurity; on the role of nation state actors (in this case the US National Security Agency, or NSA) in creating “exploits” that can fall into the wrong hands; and on the internet marketplaces where such exploits can be traded.

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