Cyber Talk Radio: Ethics of AI and Paying Ransoms to Hackers
Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Paying Ransoms to Hackers - Week 35 of Cyber Talk Radio
This past Saturday, May 27, episode 35 of Cyber Talk Radio hit the air on 1200 WOAI and iHeartRadio streaming. I was joined by Van Lindberg, technology attorney at Dykema Cox Smith, to discuss the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI) and paying ransoms to hackers..
In the first half of the show, we kick off by talking about autonomous cars as we are heading into a world of fully functioning self-driving cars. Did you know that there are about 35,000 traffic accidents resulting in fatalities each year? Can self driving cars help lower that number? If we are to reduce that number by half, that would be a huge benefit to society as a whole. As you think about the technology behind self driving cars, there is an increased risk of cyberattacks on your automobile. Autonomous cars are officially a part of the “Internet of Things (IoT).” The trick is to think ahead and how something like an IoT device could be hacked or used nefariously.
In the second half of the show, Van and I discuss the ethics around paying ransom to cyber criminals. A good recent example where the company chose not to pay the ransom was with the public transit system in San Francisco. They refused to pay the criminal and offered free transit for a few weeks until they fixed the issue/retrieved their data from the hackers. What is the ethical decision for a hospital affected by ransomware? Do they pay the ransom so that they can carry on business as usual? Listen to last weekend’s show to hear Van’s thoughts on the ethics of paying ransoms to hackers and what you might want to consider when making the decision.
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