To Stop Hackers, Treat Them Like a Disease

ENLARGE Photo: Richard Drury/Getty Images By Nicole Eagan June 15, 2016 10:20 a.m. ET 0 COMMENTS NOT A WEEK GOES BY without a cyberattack making headlines. These, however, are the attacks that should concern us least. The real danger comes from quiet and elusive hackers who infiltrate and blend into a network. Like a secret agent behind enemy lines, these undetectable viruses can have an organization under complete and total surveillance, waiting months or even years before making an attack. When the malware becomes active, which may be for only a few seconds, it can prove fatal. Last November, around the time of Ukraine’s local elections, a type of malware called BlackEnergy was used to hack into Ukranian media companies, rendering their operating systems unbootable. In December, BlackEnergy targeted power…


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