WannaCry Blessing In Disguise For Microsoft


WannaCry BlessingThe WannaCry malware has come as a blessing in disguise for Microsoft. With millions of computers infected by the WannaCry malware across 150 countries, here has been chaos. These targeted system used Windows older version which belong to Microsoft and bought free publicity. Microsoft would have needed to spend millions on such publicity

In the event of the malware attack Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal advisor took opportunity not only to inform the customers to update the windows patch but also took a shot at the NSA and the Government with whom the company has differences over privacy and security. It was superb marketing move while supporting a noble mission.

Even though Microsoft shares over 90% of the personal computer markets it has been failing short to keep up with the challenges over the years. Even the governments have been busy fighting the enemies than worrying about the people. Microsoft seized the opportunity as it was prepared with a patch for the WannaCry virus vulnerability in March and rolled it out to millions of computers.
Many users have been using the older version of windows 98 , XP for which windows has already stopped software support. In case of the latest Windows version like 7 and 8 users can easily download and update their systems with possible loophole.

Patches help to a certain extent to known vulnerabilities. Internet helps in keeping the computers updated with patches but it also opens the doors for intruders. It is here where older systems are more vulnerable as they have not been updating patches due to lack of support. People tend to stick with the older version of operating system as they are using customised software which are not compatible with the newer version of Windows. What WannaCry has done it has sparked interest in the 7% users still running on older version of Windows for Microsoft as this won’t be the last malware attack .

Patches help to a certain extent to known vulnerabilities. The Internet helps in keeping the computers updated with patches but it also opens the doors for intruders. It is here where older systems are more vulnerable as they have not been updating patches due to lack of support. People tend to stick with the older version of the operating system as they are using customised software which is not compatible with the newer version of Windows. What WannaCry has done it has sparked interest in the 7% users still running on older version of Windows for Microsoft as this won’t be the last malware attack.

The recent WannaCry attack was combined with a worm called EternalBlue that is thought to have been developed by the NSA for its own purposes. Last year an NSA contractor was arrested for leaking this and other tools. These tools were later sold to a group that goes by the name ShadowBrokers. It was made available in online and used for criminal utilities. This has severely disrupted services in hospitals, banks and many other public places all over the world. Causing immense trouble to ordinary citizens.

Though the chances of what Microsoft calls a Digital Geneva Convention are remote where US, Russia, China and others agreeing on a deal to limit their own cyber attacks. This seems very difficult though.

Finally would like to say governments, companies and individuals need to do more to protect society. It suits Microsoft, but it also happens to be true.

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