With the breaking news last week of the WannaCry ransomware, governments and companies rushed to keep everything contained. Among the foremost is Microsoft that rushed for Windows CP an emergency path, after ending support formally for the three years ago operating system.
The company reacted to the attacks with a blog post that is worded strongly, thereby criticizing governments for information about vulnerabilities about cybersecurity as stockpiling and likening the WannaCry attack as some Tomahawk missiles got stolen.
Microsoft references the source of WannaCry ransomware’s as vulnerability referred to as the NSA, featuring similar security holes to be revealed on WikiLeaks in the documents stolen from the CIA. It also says that the governments should treat the WannaCry attack as “a wake-up call,” and to consider the “damage to civilians that will be coming from the hoarding these vulnerabilities and the exploits use,” and to adopt the “Digital Geneva Convention” the company suggested first in February.
Microsoft is also calling on its customers to keep up their end of the bargain. It notes that there is an increase in the cybersecurity and it becoming a shared responsibility of the tech companies and customers, such that the former relies on the latter, thereby keeping their critical systems updated, identical as people rely on companies to put out secure systems. However, in the aim of keeping pace with patches and upgrades, vast networks as the UK’s National Health Service can avoid that Microsoft says are the “two serious forms of cybersecurity threats— nation-state action and organized criminal action.”
However, Microsoft’s advices its computers to have it updated, the government and corporate networks may be at risk. Of course, around the world, many more similar organizations may remain juicy targets for the increasing organized and sophisticated attackers.