In a previous article written this past spring, I went on to explain exactly why the United States has found itself particularly vulnerable to hacking over the past few years, as well as why it shouldn’t be all that surprising why a lot of these leaks are occurring. More specifically, I went on to point out how the US Government had recently made the decision to “go all in” – so to speak – with the American based tech company Microsoft.
The article touched on the fact that, starting in March 2016, the US military had made the decision to transfer 100% of their systems over to Windows 10 by sometime this year. At the time, this was a somewhat curious decision to report on because other countries and Governments around the world, including China and Russia, had previously banned Microsoft systems from Government use dating back to 2015. This was because these countries already knew that various back-doors and bugs existed heavily inside Microsoft systems and as one Russian military leader pointed out in the fall of 2016, transferring all Government systems away from Microsoft software “is a matter of national security.”
— Army Cyber Command (@ARCYBER) March 8, 2016
Isn’t it also interesting that China decided to ban Microsoft even earlier than that in 2015, citing the information exposed in Edward Snowden’s original leaks to The Intercept earlier that year. Russia, of course, has been granting Edward Snowden political asylum and decided to ban Microsoft a little less than three months after the National Security Agency was hacked by “the Shadow Brokers” in the summer of 2016. The hack and subsequent leak also happened to expose various exploits and back-doors the NSA had developed specifically for Microsoft systems. My rhetorical questions to you are, do you really think the US or the NSA were the only country or organizations to develop such exploits in the past? Or that the leak in 2016 was the first time this information had been revealed to foreign Governments, such as Russia and China, the same two countries that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden stayed in after leaving the US in 2015?
Regardless, getting back to the news this week, as reported by Softpedia News on July 25th 2017, “German antivirus testing lab AV-TEST has performed a new research on Windows 10 to determine the best security products for Microsoft’s latest version of the operating system known as Creators Update.” According to the results of the study, Russian based security company Kapersky Labs was by far the best peformer, with their anti-virus software receiving the highest possible rating in every metric of testing.
Ironically though, despite publicly announcing their intentions to transfer 100% of Government and military systems over to Microsoft in the future, the US Government decided to ban Kapersky anti-virus from Federal use just two weeks ago. It is yet another curious decision by US Government leaders in regards to cyber security over recent months and years, another one seemingly the exact opposite of what other world leaders are doing at this moment in time.