Attacks on critical infrastructure are dangerous. Soon they could turn deadly, warn analysts


Tech analyst firm Gartner reckons that hackers will have turned computer systems into weapons to the point that they could injure or kill humans by 2025, and that beyond the human tragedy it will cost businesses $50 billion to remediate across IT systems, litigation and compensation.

Past malware attacks, such as Stuxnet, which is believed to have been the work of the NSA, have demonstrated that malware can create real-world damage, not just scramble data. And cyberattacks have long had real-world implications, such as the ransomware attacks on organizations like Colonial Pipeline and hospitals in the US and Europe. The UK’s NHS struggled for days after the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack, which was blamed on North Korean state-sponsored hackers.

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Source: ZDNet