[COLOR=royalblue]Problems with physical products routinely yield multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements in litigation-happy America. But software vendors are largely protected from product defect claims thanks to unusual exemptions enshrined in typical software licenses--boilerplate known in the industry as End User License Agreements (EULAs) or "shrink-wrap" licenses, so called because they're often printed inside the shrink-wrapped box containing the product or incorporated into the software itself.[/COLOR]
It's a complex matter overall and in the case of last week's attacks, I can't agree Microsoft should or could be named as the inmediate responsable, think about it and a product like Windows is extended to many different functionalities during its life span some of which are way out of control of the software company (not to mention unresponsible users, etc.), I won't justify them either but once again it's a very complex subject.