MS needs a media spokesman to appear on CNN etc to clear up ransomware FUD


From what I’ve seen, the mainstream TV coverage of the ransomware attacks has been poor. CNN barely covers it, and the experts they feature are too vague. The best they can say is “update your software,” and rarely discuss what Microsoft has done, what versions of Windows are affected, and how users should run Windows Update. HLN (sister station of CNN) actually had a salesman for an AV company say “you should update your antivirus” and never mentioned Windows at all!

Clearly Microsoft needs a media spokesman to appear on a few prominent news programs/networks, and clearly explain (1) Microsoft released patches for supported Windows versions in March; (2) that Win10 is immune, Vista through Win8.1 users need to run Windows Update and enable auto-updates, and XP users need to download a patch — and stop using XP! (3) show how to do this on-screen. to illustrate how simple it is.

Clearly these cyberattacks are not going away. Microsoft needs to be pro-active and inform the public.

Comments (5)

5 responses to “MS needs a media spokesman to appear on CNN etc to clear up ransomware FUD”

  1. Brad Sams

    It's a losing battle sadly...anything happens to Windows, new or old, they will always get nailed for it.

  2. Chris_Kez

    Microsoft, give this man a job!

    You're probably already aware of the long and tragicomic history of Microsoft PR and Marketing, so you know they'll never do anything this clearly or effectively.

  3. Usman

    Let's be real, they don't do real journalism, same network bought on a "Technology Analyst" and asked them "Who is this 4 Chan", to which this analyst replied "a system administrator".

    A 5 min google search would have given both the anchor and the so-called expert the answer they were looking for.

    CNN: Who is this 4Chan guy?

  4. TheJoeFin

    The sad thing about the coverage is this is a great opportunity for news outlets to drive people to update their computers. instead they take this as an opportunity to take shots at Microsoft.

  5. Darekmeridian

    You would think a company which has been around as long as Microsoft, should have that type of position covered already. But on the other hand when have they ever gotten their message out clearly on any topic.

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