Disclosing his mind at the CES 2021, Microsoft President Brad Smith said that the industries and governments should stay united in fighting against cyber attacks. He added that federal agencies in association with business firms should formulate rules and share information about cyber threats that helps in mitigating the risks before any untoward takes place.
Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show 2021, the tech giant leader sarcastically mentioned what has happened in the case with SolarWinds that has apparently impacted over 250 federal agencies and private firms that includes Microsoft, Cisco, Ford, Visa, Mastercard, LockHeed Martin, Procter & Gamble, Yahoo!, Time Warner and Gillette.
“As computers create new promise, there are new perils arising as well. In the year 1983, there was a movie ‘WarGames’ that showed a hacker almost starting a World War 3 after gaining access to the supercomputer operating in United States. And the same scenario could happen if we fail to react now”, commented Smith.
Now, to those uninitiated, at the end of last year, Security firm FireEye announced to the world that hackers funded by Russian intelligence could have taken control of Federal servers operating in United States and might be snooping on the generated data and related activity since 2018.
A detailed probe launched later by FBI stated that the attack could have taken place through compromised Orion Software used by certain agencies and companies and produced by SolarWinds.
Trump administration tried their best to transfer the blame to China. However, the Biden led nation is said to make a detailed inquiry on this note after the Trump Impeachment goes for a final verdict by the end of this week.
Therefore, Microsoft that found its source code stolen in the Solorigate scandal wants to set some international rules and standards to curb any kind of conventional warfare in the cyber sphere. And the only way to see this through is with an international collaboration between nations.