Microsoft Blames Spy Agencies for Ransomware Disaster


"We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits". Microsoft released a patch for all of its operating systems, including those no longer supported, to fix the EternalBlue flaw. Unfortunately, there are many systems that simply are rarely updated, such (believe it or not) many military systems.

Microsoft also had something to say to governments that make attacks like the WannaCrypt outbreak possible.

It has reportedly also threatened to release data from banks which use SWIFT, an worldwide money transfer network, and also information from nuclear and missile programs of countries such as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. "This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem". The cybercriminals then threaten to destroy their data if a ransom is not paid. He adds that governments should report vulnerabilities like the one at the center of the WannaCry attack.

"Users must update the patch MS-17010 provided by Microsoft using the source link".

Microsoft's chief legal officer and President Brad Smith has called on governments around the world to treat the global cyber attack as a "wake-up call" and has blamed the US for the effects.

The WannaCry ransomware appears to only attack unpatched computers running Windows 10. Now, Microsoft is putting the blame for this attack directly on the governments who hid security flaws for their own benefit.

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"We need the tech sector, customers, and governments to work together to protect against cybersecurity attacks", Microsoft's Smith wrote.

"The fact that so many computers remained vulnerable two months after the release of a patch illustrates this aspect".

The cyberattacks started Friday and spread rapidly around the globe using a security flaw in Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, an older version that is no longer given mainstream tech support by the U.S. giant. This allowed users of the older systems to secure their computers without requiring an upgrade to the latest operating software.

But consumers also can not be complacent, Smith warned.

With more than 3,500 security engineers at the company, Microsoft said, it is fighting cybersecurity threats with constant updates to its Advanced Threat Protection service.