Microsoft says governments should stop ‘hoarding’ security vulnerabilities after WannaCry attack
As news of the WannaCry ransomware attack broke last week, companies and governments scrambled first to keep it contained. Now, with more details about its origins and effects clear, those organizations are issuing their official responses.
Among the first is Microsoft, which rushed out an emergency patch for Windows XP on Friday, after formally ending support for the operating system three years ago. The company responded to the attacks with a strongly worded blog post, criticizing governments for “stockpiling” information about cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and likeningthe WannaCry attack to the US military “having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen.”