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Podcast: A New Kind of Warfare


One year after the WannaCry and NotPetya cyberattacks, Data Book analyzes the fresh global threat facing healthcare.

WannaCry. NotPetya. You’ve undoubtedly heard of these ransomware attacks and the chaos they sowed almost exactly a year ago. But what are the lasting effects of these incidents? And did they bring in a new age of global cyberwarfare?

To answer these questions, I tapped our assistant editor, Ryan Black, to embark on a long and challenging reporting trip. After several months, he filed a piece that will be the cover story for the upcoming June issue of Healthcare Analytics News™. And today on Data Book, we explore the very same questions, retracing the steps taken by WannaCry and NotPetya and exploring how healthcare can protect itself from the cyberwarfare threat.

>> LISTEN: Finding Orangeworm

Let me be clear: This magazine has covered the hell out of WannaCry and NotPetya from the time each story broke. We’ve reviewed them in year-end roundups and turned back to the attacks time and again when we noticed an appropriate link or another chance to unearth valuable lessons. But our upcoming cover story is different.

Indeed, the June centerpiece of this magazine includes never-before-reported details. It’s built on a narrative that few, if any, have heard, aside from those who work for affected companies. And the story ties all this information together to give healthcare—and everyone else—an idea of what we’re up against.

So, enjoy this episode of Data Book, but view it as a sort of appetizer, a taste of what’s to come in our June feature.

If you’re down with Data Book, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, or just about any podcasting app. We’d also love it if you told a friend about us. And remember: Data Book publishes new episodes on the best stories and insights in big data, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity every Friday morning.

Finally, if you use a great healthcare app that no one has heard of, let us know via Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. We’ll write it about it in the next issue of our magazine.

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