Microsoft’s chief legal officer and President Brad Smith has called on governments around the world to treat the international cyber attack as a “wake-up call” and has blamed the USA for the effects. Smith has slammed the NSA for playing a part of the cyber crime.
“The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call. They need to take a different approach and adhere in cyberspace to the same rules applied to weapons in the physical world. We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits.”
Smith has also suggested a “Digital Geneva Convention” that would include “a new requirement for governments to report vulnerabilities to vendors, rather than stockpile, sell, or exploit them.”
It comes after more than 200,000 victims in around 150 countries were infected by ransomware that originated in the UK and Spain before spreading around the world.
The attack, known as “WannaCry” had a key influence across Asia with Chinese state media saying almost 30,000 institutions had been infected.
Blame America? Nahhh, Let’s blame North Korea like we always do. Just like how we love blaming Russia for everyone of America’s mistakes.
Kaspersky Lab researcher Kurt Baumgartner told Reuters there is evidence that the attacks came from North Korea.
When America isn’t blaming North Korea on ‘provoking war’ with their missile tests, they’re blaming them for something the NSA is yet to take full responsibility for.
It’s worth noting that the hackers made sure there was a version of the ransom note written in Chinese. China were worst affected, and as the main economic allies of North Korea, it’s shady at best to suggest North Korea would target them with ransomware attacks.