This last week shows the world (and Finland) that internet networks are nowhere near trustworthy

Here is last week’s tally of bad internet network news:

  • Last Monday, probably Mr. Putin & Co attacked Ukraine and many other countries with malware. He may not have been involved directly, but most experts doubt that Russian criminals have the skill and reach to be this bad. The News from the USA have shown that Obama and his successor have been aware for some time about the network interference by Mr. Putin and Co. in the US elections.
  • Many people and companies were attacked by either the same or other criminals with the Bitcoin Petya blackmail threats – “Pay up or have your data destroyed.” This cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by Maersk in the United States, India, Spain, the Netherlands, were still struggling to revert to normal operations on Thursday after experiencing massive disruptions.
  • The Finnish police had to close down their customer service network for most of this week.
  • Nordea Bank had a problem with their network – this is already the 5th time this year that they have had serious network closures. OP Group is also having around the same number of network problems this year.
  • We read that USA is considering attacking North Korea with malware to stop them doing “bad things” according to some hyperactive US tweeter. The world has already suffered terrible damage from stolen CIA WannaCry malware – see NHS in UK in May this year…
  • This week an email malware called BlankSlate is still raging around the world by fooling users to thinking that people are logged into their Microsoft accounts. Clicking on a link will lead to Bitcoin blackmail.

If you still think that we can have automated everything on our networks then think again – it may seem cool to talk about “digital this and that”, but talking is cheap and remember the Prime Minister and his Transport & Communications Minister have lost most if not all of their credibility already. They will probably not be around when we discover that the costs of their pet projects are actually higher than more modest and more necessary reforms.

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