- Alexander Urbelis: The ransomware attack that affected tens of thousands of computers worldwide is a wake-up call
- The world cannot rely on a combination of serendipity and lazy coding to prevent the next attack, he writes
Alexander Urbelis is a lawyer and self-described hacker who has worked as a graduate fellow in the Office of General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency and as a law clerk at the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He is a partner in the Blackstone Law Group and CEO of a separate information security consultancy. Follow him on Twitter @aurbelis. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)On Friday, the world experienced the wrath of a well-coordinated ransomware attack, known as WannaCrypt. The attack caused Britain's NHS to cancel surgeries, a wide array of Russian and Chinese private and public institutions to be crippled most of the day, and the rest of the world to recoil in shock.