* Microsoft realised that the security in XP was grossly inadequate, so recruited crackers and other experienced security staff for a new OS, re-built for security, thus the poor 1st attempt in Vista, and the usable 2nd attempt in Windows 7.
* The version of SMB (Windows Networking) supported by XP has pathetic security, especially with increasing computer processing power, and I was shocked to see the pathetic default Samba client levels in Mint and no GUI to fix this easily!!!
* Microsoft provided ample advance warning of EOL for XP/2003, and only offered escalating cost post-EOL support as a _temporary_ stop-gap, because XP is not worth supporting for security reasons, so organisations have no excuses to still be using it, especially on the Internet!
* Yes, the NSA is criminal for making these immoral and unlawful cyber weapons, but crackers were already attacking the inadequately secured XP.
* The public leak of these cyber weapons at least makes most of the threats publicly known so that they can be combated en-mass now, including by Microsoft, rather than the much harder work to identify/combat hidden black hat criminal uses.
* Organisation and other users of XP, and suppliers of equipment requiring XP which have not already implemented/provided an upgrade to at least Window 7 are frankly negligent and should be humiliated/sued; they don't deserve any sympathy.
The Swift (inter-bank payments service) must also be heavily-pressured/humiliated/sued to get its act together, because it reportedly still requires the only slightly less dated Vista version of Windows to run their client software in banks, which is probably one reason why several Swift client banks have been virtually bank robbed! Swift should really be using a secure *BSD OS for this, let-alone any version of Windows!