After WannaCrypt, Putin backs Microsoft warnings on government-made exploits

Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed Microsoft’s warning over intelligence agencies creating cyber weapons in the wake of Friday's WannaCrypt ransomware attacks.

By Liam Tung
June 9, 2017


Smith emphasized that intelligence services have repeatedly shown their inability to prevent these exploits from leaking.

"This is an emerging pattern in 2017," Smith said. "We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world," wrote Smith.

"Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage. An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen. And this most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today - nation-state action and organized criminal action."

The WannaCrypt outbreak was stalled by security researcher MalwareTech who registered the botnet's command and control domain, which prevented the further spread of the malware

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