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Ransomware’s silver lining

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In Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar,” Marc Antony’s eulogy for his friend includes the memorable line “the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. So let it be with Caesar.” So let it be with ransomware hackers as well?

The most notorious Russian criminal hacker group engaged in ransomware attacks called itself REvil, perhaps a play on the “Evil Corporation” in every hacker’s favorite television series, “Mr. Robot.” In response to threats from President Biden, it appears that Russia’s Vladimir Putin has ordered REvil to stand down, at least for now and at least in ways that link it to Russia.

It may be too early to give a eulogy for REvil, but were we to do so, the evil that they did will live after them (Colonial Pipeline, for example), but what good would we say was being interred with their bones? Yes, I believe they did some good, amid all of their costly and disruptive attacks. No doubt, they did it unintentionally, but the REvil attacks caused four things to happen that were long needed.


© NY Daily News

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