Governments everywhere need to hold software makers accountable
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May 31, 2017
After the recent WannyCry ransomware fiasco that affected hundreds of thousands of computer users in several countries, governments everywhere need to hold software makers totally accountable when it comes to the internet security aspect of their finished products.
Of course, some will say that WannaCry was Microsoft's fault. Naturally, the software giant blames the victims and their system administrators for not being vigilant.
But in the end, every one of us is to blame since we refuse to force our governments to hold commercial software makers accountable.
Make no mistake: cyber criminals are here to stay. Anyone who thinks they will go away or simply give up is in total denial. The best we can hope as a group of users is to fight back.
These battles are fought individually and against individuals, both locally and globally. With millions of people working to oppose yet more millions who would break our rules, we can hopefully contain the disruption.
Of course, this view isn't a lot of comfort to the victims affected by WannaCry or any other ransomware for that matter. Everyday of the week, people everywhere are robbed, brainwashed or even killed by terrorists and other bad people.
Those nasty effects ripple outward, affecting not just the immediate victims but all those whose lives they influence.
It would even appear that the larger the group of hackers that engages in nasty activities, the more willing some are to give them the benefit of the doubt, if that makes any sense.
Any given strain of viruses and malware can be blamed on the authors of that malware. They did exactly what thieves have always done in the past-- they defied society's laws in order to get their hands on rapid cash, without giving any consideration to their actions.
Shame on us as a society for somehow thinking this wouldn't happen. The internet today is simply a reflection and a mirror image of what we see on city streets today.
It's up to us as Web users to pressure our local, state and federal governments to hold commercial software makers fully accountable for the lack of user security in their products, whether it is operating systems, accounting software, database products or any other programs used by the general public.
Coming back to Microsoft, the company didn't dare blame developers for taking shortcuts, so it blamed its customers. Microsoft now enjoys a global desktop monopoly. It was easier and certainly a lot less costlier to blame the victims than to try to hold a large company accountable.
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