Re: Vikings? Sore losers? Nah.
"SSL over HTTP, known as HTTPS, is the most common use of SSL. You may not realize it but you probably use HTTPS daily. Most popular e-mail services and online banking applications rely on HTTPS to ensure that communications between your web browser and their servers in encrypted. If it weren’t for this technology then anybody with a packet sniffer on your network could intercept usernames, passwords, and anything else that would normally be hidden."
The man in the middle attack is designed to steal valuable information by defeating encryption, this allows the recipient of this info to potentially make money out of it.
Microsoft (still the no. 2 brand name in the world according to Forbes) in turn, lose money when their image and operation are damaged by such attacks. Reducing their perceived worth and potentially their market share. This is not a wet dream. I would prefer Windows to be more secure against this form of attack for the sake of its users, not just M$.
Old news c. 2010 to be precise.
Let's be careful out there. (Hill Street Blues 1981)