While a cyberattack exploiting a vulnerability in older versions of Windows targeted tens of thousands of computers around the world, the French ministry of Defence is about to renew its contract with Microsoft. As for Bill Gates, he was recently decorated with the Legion of Honnor. French magazine Marianne and Investigate Europe reporter Leïla Miñano investigate the close ties between the Redmond firm and the French state.
On May 12 hackers hit more than a hundred countries exploiting a stolen N.S.A. tool that targeted vulnerabilities of Microsoft software. The attacks infected only machines running Windows. Among the victims are public administrative bodies such as NHS hospitals in the UK. Investigate Europe spent months to investigate the dire dependency of European countries on Microsoft – and the security risks this entails. Read our full investigation in ENGLISH.