October 23, 2017
Fettered by a raspberry?
“What did you expect?” … ”Saw it coming for years!” … “Learn to live with it!” … “Serves them right!” are just some of the bold and unwavering comments I heard from technically involved people around me, after the recent worldwide ransomware attacks on (mostly) corporate computer systems. Responses like these are typical for engineers who never seem astonished or offended by what a “system” does or fails to do because it was all in the specifications, right?
These attacks were, are, and will be, associated with PCs and PC systems any consumer will instantly recognize as “that computer stuff” and suddenly you may feel anxious about the 3 laptops and 2 desktop PCs in your home. Proud as you may be to have extended your Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, or Arduino with so many bells & whistles it’s actually turned into a little PC, you should at least consider the danger of the system fettering you and your data through … ransomware of the embedded flavour.