COMMENT | WannaCry: The Blame Game Begins

By Steve Hersee (@stevehersee) On Friday news broke of a ransomware attack against the NHS in England and Scotland. Malicious software infected around 45 NHS trusts, disabled NHS IT systems and locked staff out of NHS patient records. Consequently, operations were cancelled, doctor’s surgeries were closed and patients in some trusts were asked not to…

COMMENT | Technology and Terror

By Steve Hersee (@stevehersee) In the wake of the terrorist attack on Westminster bridge on 22 March 2017, the Daily Mail produced a front-page headline stating that Google was the ‘friend of terrorists’. The article described how it had taken the Mail just 2 minutes on Google to find a terror manual on how to…

COMMENT | Encryption Tragedy: How the Security Dilemma is Poisoning Cyberspace

By Steve Hersee (@stevehersee) The British state often claim that encryption and other security measures are turning the Internet into a “dark and ungoverned space, which is in danger of becoming an anarchic haven for terrorists and criminals (Hogan-Howe, 2014; Cameron, 2015). Likewise, the Digital Rights Movement (DRM) claim that efforts to ‘undermine’ encryption and advanced security…