Ransomware isn’t new, but it’s increasingly popular and profitable.
The lessons for users are obvious: Keep your system patches up to date and regularly backup your data. This isn’t just good advice to defend against ransomware, but good advice in general.
But it’s becoming obsolete. Needed solutions aren’t easy and they’re not pretty. The market is not going to fix this unaided because security is a hard-to-evaluate feature against a possible future threat.
We need to assign liabilities to companies that write insecure software that harms people.
This all sounds politically impossible right now, but we simply cannot live in a future where everything can be held for ransom by criminals again and again.