International cyber attack validates Apple’s decision to deny government’s hack request

The global cyber attack that hit the UK, Russia and other parts of the world on Friday appears to be abating, but as Reuters reports

[r]esearchers with security software maker Avast said they had observed 57,000 infections in 99 countries, with Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan the top targets.

 

The BBC notes the technology used in Friday’s attacks was likely created by the NSA, though the agency could neither confirm nor deny it.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the attack, especially if the technology is indeed U.S. government-created, should remind everyone why companies do not want to give the government any access to their work.

Law enforcement agencies may want a way into highly secure gadgets and apps to further their investigations — such as when the FBI pressed Apple last year to hack into the iPhone used by a gunman in the San Bernardino terror attack. But the companies have repeatedly pointed out that there’s no safe way to build an entry point just for trusted government organizations.

Though the NSA hasn’t confirmed it was hacked, the purported leak of its tools shows that even supposedly secret vulnerabilities can get into the wrong hands.

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