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Microsoft President: Governments Must Treat Cyber Attack as 'Wake-Up Call'


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Microsoft President: Governments Must Treat Cyber Attack as 'Wake-Up Call'

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

The president of Microsoft slammed the National Security Agency (NSA) for its role in the ongoing global malware attack, saying it was "yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem."


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How could the NSA be so careless as to allow a piece of software so easily copied. Somebody walked into the front door and walked out with a nationally produced computer programme? Really sophisticated. H-1--B VISAS? This wasn't Snowden.


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"but long-standing delays in updating major systems—such as the National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K."

So, "great" UK single payer healthcare, has grossly antiquated IT and computer systems ...... (and they have death panels)


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Why does this sound like sound-on-sound in an echo chamber in a mirror world loaded with smoke??

maybe because that's exactly what it is: a weaponized binary world of words and 0/1/2 combos

ooooh...gotta keep all those economic units colonized and in the production 'chain'


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Oh Please

Microsoft has been a piece of sh_t since the beginning
It has never been a secure OS and never will be
It is a patchwork of windows 95 and NT code that still has bugs that are 20 years old

If you want a secure OS why would you blame the field who has never been to close the holes
It starts with Microsoft. Saturate a buffer overflow and jump out as admin
Oh sure we can secure this 350 million lines of OS code

As for the NSA. Frikken do your job and secure the USER

Build us a case hardened OS that can't be hacked

But of course that would end your pathetic Unconstitutional Voyeurism


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Because they are underfunded. Conservatives love to point out how government doesn't work...after they have underfunded it so it can't work.


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NSA should not be stockpiling vulnerabilities, but Microsoft code is always going to be vulnerable because it is not open. Linux code is vastly less likely to be hacked. It used on the majority of servers, supercomputers and in various derivatives such as android phones and in many routers and other appliances. Vulnerabilities are discovered quicker and fixed more rapidly because the source is open and continuously studied by legions of students, academics and software engineers. A for-profit closed model of software cannot compete. The first step for building a secure system is to kick out all proprietary code such as MS, which in the current world means building your systems with an open OS. Building your enterprise systems with all open source software such as Linux is a first step. Microsoft has colluded with the NSA in the past. We can expect the same behavior in the future.


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Good answer. They malware attacked French hospitals, too. And, they have better healthcare and better outcomes than the U.S. hodgepodge healthcare system does.
We can only dream.....


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CommonDreams:

"We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits."

tut-tut...simply "Collateral Damage"


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Unfortunately, as you infer, that will never happen.

Recently, I read an article that hypothesized the NSA, to circumvent all encryption scenarios, may have contracted with Intel (and, perhaps, other chip manufacturers) to build a backdoor into their chips. Because of this possibility and the obvious failings of U.S. OSes, both Russia and China have been building their own chips and OSes, at first, primarily for government/military systems.


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Yes. There is no reason anyone should be using Microsoft. Ubuntu is a very usable operating system and shouldn't be in any way scary to a person who is used to MS Windows. You even save money if you buy a new computer without the MS spyware. That's for people who don't have any real computer sophistication. For those who do, it'd probably be Qubes, and in time, SubgraphOS.


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Well actually, the NSA has also done some of that. After all, they want secure OS's for themselves. Check out SELinux.