Barry tweeted a Newsweek article titled The Evil (Cyber) Empire – Inside the world of Russian hackers. What the article doesn’t mention (possibly because Microsoft is a Newsweek advertiser) is that what holds the ‘Russian Business Network’ together is a vast botnet consisting of millions of compromised computers running the Microsoft Windows Operating System.
That’s right. Windows. Not OSX. Not Linux. Only Windows.
The problem is that Windows was originally designed as a single user system. When network capabilities were grafted on in Windows 3.11 in an anti-competitive move against Novell, then the premier network software provider, security wasn’t considered. When Microsoft belatedly recognized the Internet, and grafted TCP/IP networking onto Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0, again, security wasn’t considered.
Microsoft has never to this day taken security seriously in my opinion. Features such as the infamous ActiveX, which Microsoft eventually had to cripple, are an example of this. Another example is Internet Exploder, the disastrous web browser that Microsoft includes with Windows.
No other operating system has the security issues that Windows has. And quite frankly no other operating system ever will. Even Microsoft has admitted that
No other operating system is susceptible to so many attacks. Even Microsoft has admitted publicly that their products aren’t engineered for security.