Friday’s Events Showed How Cyber-attacks May Hurt And Kill People

What virus and worms are major potential threats to the healthcare system? Lots. Influenza, HIV, hepatitis, SARS, Ebola, various parasites, just to name a few. As Bill Gates warned, many new viruses could emerge in the 10 to 15 years. But add to this list of biological pathogens a bunch of pathogens that could literally appear, spread, and wreak havoc within hours, maybe within minutes: computer viruses and worms. Friday’s massive WannaCry cyber-attack that affected over 75,000 computers in 99 countries showed how ca virus can quickly cripple an entire country’s health system.

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