When a Hack Shuts Down a Hospital, Who's to Blame?

It's one thing to fall victim to a burglar. It's another to realize the thief got in because you left the front door wide open. 

The distinction could lead to difficult legal battles for organizations affected by the WannaCry cyberattack, which crippled an estimated 300,000 of the 2 billion Windows computers worldwide in recent days, slowing factories, canceling surgeries, eating homework assignments and shuttering gas stations. 

Computer security experts say Britain’s National Health Service, carmaker Renault and other victims of the ransomware attack should have foreseen the risk. 

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