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WannaCry: the wake-up call we all needed

Time to get serious about cyber safety

By Michael Liebreich  

After a ©Jan Woitas/DPA/PA Images

The WannaCry ransomware attack, which hit the NHS hard and infected computers in over 150 countries, was a wake-up call. Our infrastructure is increasingly digital and connected—we need to get serious about protecting it.

The last few years have seen a number of large-scale, sophisticated cyber attacks. In 2011, 77m Sony PlayStation accounts were compromised. Since then hackers have penetrated MySpace (359m accounts stolen), LinkedIn (117m), eBay…

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