My take on the Ransomware of Things

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After the WannaCry ransomware virus attacked computers around the world recently, the world did as it thankfully usually does and found a way to make light of a bad situation. The Joy of Tech published this cartoon and it soon went viral. We wanted to feature it in a report we’re doing right now at Stratecast, but upon contacting the Joy of Tech people directly, it became clear that it would be a long and winding road to figure out how to get the rights to use that cartoon. So I created my own version of the cartoon. Since the report in question was about privacy, however, and WannaCry and other ransomware attacks are most properly seen as attacks on security, we decided our fun graphic really didn’t have a place in the report.

The good news: there is a home for my graphic after all, right here on my own portfolio site! So ENJOY! And feel free to share, repost, tweet, and otherwise promote it around the world. Hey, this also gives our tech world something it “so desperately” needs: another acronym! The Internet of Ransomware Things (IoRT)…

Btw, the report in which I wanted to feature one of these cartoons was packed with so much privacy analysis fun that we’re turning it into two reports and a market insight:

  • We Have Seen the Future of IT, and it is Big Data, Part 1 – Will IoT Privacy Issues Steal the Future?
  • We Have Seen the Future of IT, and it is Big Data, Part 2: A Blueprint for Privacy, in the IoT and Everywhere
  • Big Data is in Big Trouble, Starting in the EU: How the EU’s GDPR Threatens to Destroy Big Data Initiatives and Business Opportunities, in the EU and Elsewhere

You can learn more about these three reports, and everything else we’re doing in Stratecast Big Data and Analytics, here.

Oh, one last thing before I go: there appears to be a fix to protect your computer against the latest ransomware attack the cyberjerks have unleashed on the world, Petya/NonPetya, and it is described here. I just implemented the simple fix on my own computer. Hope it works…

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