Wednesday, May 17, 2017
WannaCry: What if . . . ?
You won't actually need any hard evidence to believe this, will you? Oh, good! I didn't think you would.
So the usual sources are blaming North Korea for the WannaCry ransomware attack, a reflex response when they can't think of anything better. I can think of something better! First, let's review the "facts" that have been made available.
So who's been hurt? Well, there were those using older versions of Windows, like the British National Health Service — starved for cash under the Conservatives, and still limping along on Windows XP for want of money to pay for an update. Then there were the vast numbers using pirated versions of Windows, especially in Russia and China, whose systems couldn't download the patch. Also, presumably, there was a tiny fraction who had paid for the latest version of Windows but had the automatic update feature off.
Now, as they like to say in Latin, cui bono? Who benefits from a worldwide attack, especially considering how all of the ransom money actually paid is still sitting in inactive Bitcoin wallets? Who, perhaps, has been royally pissed off because of all the piracy of Windows software, and not terribly pleased with those who figure they don't need all the bells and whistles of Windows 10?
Microsoft had access to all the code involved; Microsoft's good customers had the patch in advance. Just one more step is necessary: if it turns out that you can recover all your data just by buying and installing the latest version of Windows, well . . .
This conspiracy stuff is fun! 😈