May 15, 2017
Microsoft has attacked the US government for developing the computer vulnerability that was used in a cyber attack on thousands of computers on Friday.
The global ransomware attack, which hit computers in more than 150 countries, was engineered using tools developed by America’s spy agency, the National Security Agency.
As well as throwing the NHS into chaos, it hit Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, Nissan, and the German railway system.
It was only in March that Microsoft had been able to issue a security update that fixed the flaw after it was stolen from the NSA, meaning that many computers had not installed the patch by the time the NSA’s “Eternal Blue” exploit was dumped on the open internet in April.
“The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake up call,” Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, Brad Smith, wrote in a blog post. “This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem.”
This article was posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 10:03 am