Published On: Mon, May 15th, 2017

Microsoft: WanaCry Blame Game Ends At NSA, Consumers’ Door

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Microsoft has defended itself in the aftermath of WanaCry, saying system modernization is “a high priority for everyone.”
NSA, Consumers Firmly To Blame
As the Windows attack, known by various names such as WanaCry, WannaCrypt and WanaCrypt0r 2.0, rages on, the computer giant also pointed the finger firmly at the US National Security Agency (NSA). Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith write in a blog post on Sunday:

The WannaCrypt exploits used in the attack were drawn from the exploits stolen from the National Security Agency, or NSA, in the United States. That theft was publicly reported earlier this year.
This, Edward Snowden subsequently noted, is effective confirmation that the NSA lay at the source of the attack.

Extraordinary: Microsoft officially confirms @NSAGov developed the flaw that brought down hospitals this weekend.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) May 14, 2017

At the same time, Microsoft’s position on business consumers was clear, if tempered: operating legacy systems was beyond its control, and organizations themselves only have themselves to blame:
As cybercriminals become more sophisticated, there is simply no way for customers to protect themselves against threats unless they update their systems. Otherwise they& …

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