Microsoft Blasts Government Cyber War Practices

Microsoft is putting the blame for the worldwide “WannaCry” ransomware attack. As we told you earlier, the randsomare struck on Friday.

Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer at Microsoft laid why the government’s cyber security practices were an accident waiting to happen. “…This most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today — nation-state action and organized criminal action.”

He added “The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call. “They need to take a different approach and adhere in cyberspace to the same rules applied to weapons in the physical world. We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits.”

Smith also noted that outdated software was part of the problem. One of the hardest hit organizations in the attack, Britain’s National Health Service, fell victim because they are mostly running the still popular Window’s XP, which went “obsolete” two years ago.

Microsoft released security updates for the platform, in a highly unusual move. 

Source: Los Angeles Times

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