Internet start-up employees work on their computers in Beijing in May 2016. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)

The May 14 front-page article “Nations race to contain hacks” has implications for the debate on encryption “back doors.”

If you view the broad world through a keyhole defined only by a need to “catch the bad guys,” you might conclude that mandating encryption back doors on all electronic devices is a good idea, particularly if the government has custody of those back doors. The recent global ransomware cyberattack, purportedly using the National Security Agency’s own tools, proves otherwise and will hopefully end this debate.

When I was a product manager for a major smartphone company, we urged the Department of Homeland Security not only to avoid an encryption backdoor policy but also to zealously advocate strong encryption privacy among federal government agencies and global partners. We now have a glaring example of a worst-case scenario.

John Morrison, Crownsville