If you ask Microsoft what is the cause for the surging cyber threats and cases of ransomware? The Redmond tech company will point an accusing finger to the U.S. government and other world governments.
Last Sunday, the company scolded the U.S. and other world governments for stockpiling software vulnerabilities. Microsoft further argues that the type of vulnerabilities governments are keeping secret are dangerous enough to cripple computers around the entire world. Microsoft accusations come hot on the heels of a massive ransomware attack linked to a leaked trove of NSA spy tools that affected at least 150 countries from Friday.
In a blog post posted on Sunday, Brad Smith, the Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer wrote, “The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call.”
The ransomware that sparked all this finger pointing is known as ‘WannaCry.’ This ransomware locks up computer files until such a time the user pays up the ransom in bitcoin; an online currency.
Security experts argue that a Windows exploit know at the ‘EternalBlue’ was revealed within the leak from NSA by a group of hackers that goes …read more