Congress’ Imperfect Start to Addressing Vulnerabilities


With the global and debilitating WannaCry ransomware attack dominating the news in recent weeks, it’s increasingly necessary to have a serious policy debate about disclosure and patching of vulnerabilities in hardware and software. Although WannaCry takes advantage of a complex and collective failure in protecting key computer systems, it’s relevant to ask what the government’s role should be when it learns about new vulnerabilities.

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