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Microsoft CEO warns of “collapse of world order”

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Microsoft CEO warns of “collapse of world order”

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

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Satya Nadella warned of a “collapse of the world order” in an interview with NBC News.

The Microsoft CEO said this is a real risk unless nations conclude a “Geneva Convention for Cyberspace.”

This comes after Microsoft was attacked by Russian hackers earlier this month.

This is a machine translation of an article from our US colleagues at Business Insider. It was automatically translated and checked by an editor.

Satya Nadella said there was a risk of a “collapse of the world order” if nations did not develop a “Geneva Convention” for the internet. In one Interview with NBC Nightly News on Tuesday, the Microsoft CEO called on the United States, Russia and China to join forces and protect themselves against cyberattacks from malicious states.

Nadella said he hoped the three powers could reach an agreement: “When it comes to nation states attacking each other, particularly civilian targets, then we are in a whole new world order. And it’s a collapse in world order that I don’t think we’ve seen before.”

The Geneva Conventions, which consist of four laws, were written in 1949 and determine how civilians and soldiers should be treated in war. They are globally recognized legal norms signed by 196 states according to the United Nations.

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Microsoft has been calling for a Geneva Cyber ​​Convention for many years. A 2017 policy paper states: “The world needs new international rules to protect the public from nation-state threats in cyberspace. In short, the world needs a digital Geneva Convention.”

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Nadella’s comments come after Microsoft said this month that Russian hackers had penetrated its systems and gained access to a “very small percentage” of the company’s email accounts.

Some members of the executive team, as well as employees in departments such as cybersecurity and legal, had their accounts breached.

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The Russian hacker group Midnight Blizzard tried to find out information about itself from the company’s email accounts. She was able to obtain “some emails and attached documents,” Microsoft said in a statement Blog entry. Nadella commented on the attack in the NBC interview: “I’m glad we have the ability to detect what they’re doing on the cyber side.”

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

Read the original article Business Insider.

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