Hackers Hold the World Hostage

Finally, this attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem. This is an emerging pattern in 2017. We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world. Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage. An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen. And 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. [Microsoft Blog]

THE PEOPLE who protect us remain ignorant about cybersecurity.

Why isn’t the private tech sector working more forcefully with our institutions to circumvent online hackers?

Nobody works together anymore.

In the Trump era, we’re more vulnerable than ever, because POTUS is besotted with old media, while newer threats don’t impress him much.

It’s how Russian oligarchs likely courted Donald J. Trump, stroking his ego, while paid Russian trolls attacked the foundation of our democratic republic, hacking the 2016 vote.

We should take from this recent attack a renewed determination for more urgent collective action. We need the tech sector, customers, and governments to work together to protect against cybersecurity attacks. More action is needed, and it’s needed now. In this sense, the WannaCrypt attack is a wake-up call for all of us. We recognize our responsibility to help answer this call, and Microsoft is committed to doing its part. [Microsoft Blog]