Bad News and Good News About the WannaCry Ransomware Hackers

The bad news about the worldwide WannaCry ransomware attack is that it occurred on a global scale, and that it’s probably just the tip of a much larger set of problems hidden beneath the surface like the iceberg that sank the Titanic.

The good news, on the other hand, is that whoever pulled off the attack apparently didn’t have the resources to follow up, which means the damage was more limited than it could have been.

The attackers also made some “amateur” errors, according to Andy Greenberg of Wired. Those errors included building a “kill switch” into the program and mishandling the crypto-currency ransom payments.

“An attack of this magnitude involving so many missteps raises plenty of questions while delivering a sobering reminder: If actual cybercriminal professionals improved on the group’s methods, the results could be even graver,” writes Greenberg in his Wired article.

Refreshed Apples on the Horizon

Apple fans will soon a chance to see updated versions of the MacBook Pro and MackBook Air. The upgraded Pro might be equipped with Intel Kaby Lake processors, according to published reports.

“Should the update to Kaby Lake happen, it will be the fastest update to Intel-based portables since Apple moved to the Penryn processor for the third refresh of the 15-inch MacBook Pro in 2007,” writes Roger Fingas in Appleinsider.

A word to the wise: Be prepared for people asking you to provision the new and improved Apples!

When Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

Those of us in the industry have know for a while that many of the recent advances in artificial intelligence have required excruciating amounts of manual labor at the keyboard. Despite their promise, artificial intelligence and machine learning are still in their early stages, and lots of handholding is still necessary to make AI and ML applications run smoothly.

The latest episode of “Silicon Valley,” the popular HBO program, hinted at the level of hard work that actually goes on behind the scenes when AI, ML and deep learning apps are developed.

The episode “highlighted a rather pernicious aspect of the tech industry that’s currently serving as the foundation of modern artificial intelligence, shining a spotlight on a type of human labor often overlooked when we discuss the marvels of automation,” writes Nick Statt in The Verge.

Even if you’re not a fan of the show, the article is worth reading.