Cybersecurity: Why it’s “hard to protect yourself” online

Governments have fallen victim to a string of high-profile cyberattacks in recent years. German IT expert Sandro Gaycken tells DW about cybersecurity’s shortcomings and why he thinks Kaspersky did not work with Russia.

DW: At the end of October, a new virus called “BadRabbit” attacked computer systems in Russia, Ukraine, Germany and other countries. Among the victims were media organizations, ministries and various businesses. The last few months have seen similar attacks by viruses like “WannaCry” and “Petya.” Can we defend ourselves against these infiltrations?
Sandro Gaycken: No, not really. There are of course a number of IT-security technologies, but they’re all still in pretty early stages and only work to a limited degree. That’s why it’s hard to protect yourself, especially when the attacker is somewhat clever.
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