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Cyber Conflict Overshadowed a Major Government Ransomware Alert

April 26, 2022

As the cyber dimension of the Ukraine conflict erupted, demonstrating the ungoverned and unstable nature of full-on cyberwar, a parallel ransomware alert from the US government got comparatively scant coverage. But it, too, merits attention.

The alert served as a reminder of the two species of cyber threat: the unpredictable, spinning-pinball threats that can lurch out of control and pulverize innocents in random fashion — and the intricately designed, coolly targeted threats meant to ransack a particular organization’s servers and perhaps its bank account.

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