'Like Having Tomahawk Missiles Stolen': Microsoft Blasts NSA Over Ransomware AttackChris Menahan
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Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith criticized the NSA on Sunday for their role in unleashing last week's massive ransomware cyber attack.
[T]his attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem. This is an emerging pattern in 2017. 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. 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.This is also why you don't build backdoors for the NSA into programs like Microsoft Windows.
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