Putin Jabs NSA For Letting The Ransomware "Genies Out Of The Bottle"

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Following the worldwide "Wanna Cry" cyber attack that was launched last Friday and quickly spread to thousands of computers, Vladimir Putin took a jab at the NSA for authoring tools that "may harm their own authors and creators" should the "genies be let out of the bottle."  Per The Hill:

"We are fully aware that the genies, in particular, those created by secret services, may harm their own authors and creators, should they be let out of the bottle."

 

“Microsoft’s management has made it clear that the virus originated from US intelligence services."

For those who haven't followed the story closely, the outbreak of the virus, dubbed WannaCry, began last Friday. According to cybersecurity experts, and subsequently confirmed by Microsoft, the WannaCry virus is based on an NSA-developed tool that was leaked to the public by a group called Shadow Brokers. The virus, which is ravaging computer networks worldwide, encrypts user files and demands a ransom in cryptocurrency Bitcoin to release them.

Here is an animated map from the NYT showing how quickly the virus spread:

 

Microsoft, which has criticized the American spy agencies for their alleged role in creating the situation, released a patch for its no longer supported Windows XP operating system to prevent computers still running it from being infected. The tech company patched a vulnerability in its newer supported software last month after the leak was made public, but operating systems that were not updated are still vulnerable.

Meanwhile, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith, blasted "the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments" which then get leaked into the public domain as equivalent to the "U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen."

“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,” Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post this afternoon. “This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem.”

 

"Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage" Smith wrote, adding that an "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."

And while the U.S. continues to implode over whether Hillary Clinton lost an election over "Russian hacking", Putin gets to sit back an watch the show as the "U.S. hacking" tools, which are far more detrimental than an email phishing scheme which apparently duped John Podesta, are put on public display for all to see.

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Stan522's picture

IT seems we are the originiators of a lot of shit going on... ISIS, Al Qeada.....

Occident Mortal's picture

Seems to me the media has pretty much left the NSA to get away with this one.

Where is the outrage?

Why isn't Snowden all over our screens screaming and shouting about this?

I smell a rat.

JohninMK's picture

+1000 there is almost nothing in the MSM about who is responsible for the tools that enabled this to happen.

Where is Trump's tweet on this?

The Juggernaut's picture

When will the people who work for the CIA or NSA finally realize that they're tools of the Military Industrial Complex?  They're living a lie; they don’t benefit any American but harm them.  Its ok to stop now and end the tyrannical Roman-like Empire!

lil dirtball's picture

> They're living a lie

Actually ... it's not them living the lies. They're in the know - you are not. There are no traitors working for the corporation. It's a corporation. It's all a matter of policy. Treason cannot be had - that's why you never hear the word.

Chupacabra-322's picture

These Pure Evil Criminal Psychopaths are living the PsyOp while simultaneously force feeding it via Gas Lighting the Masses.

The Chilling part is they actually believe their own PsyOps. A true indicator of Criminal Psychopathic Insanity.

HowdyDoody's picture

If you read the output on Wikileaks, the people responsible are all good corporate team players, fully up on meeting targets set by corporate mission statements.

InsaneBane's picture

Ted Kaczynski was right after all

CuttingEdge's picture

The hypocritical turds at Microsoft now playing "holier than thou" after assisting US intelligence services by willingly enabling backdoors for them in the first place?

Doesn't it make you want to puke?

InsaneBane's picture

It doesn't surprise me at all front companies for DARPA (military industrial complex). After all the forerunner ARPA created ARPANet and laid the groundworks for the modern Internet.

Google, Facebook, Alphabet, Apple etc.

securitized-debt's picture

she was a waitress in a cocktail bar now she owns a jet... http://bit.ly/2jdTzrM

Lucretius's picture

CORRECT! Modern day internet is the child of DARPA, and one would be a fool to believe "they" did not build in a back door to EVERYTHING   .

deoldefarte's picture

Apparently, you have not felt the pressure of government "suggestions".

One does not last too long if one wants to fight the Deep State.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Cutting,

Back door? They all have "back doors." Talk about getting Fucked in the Ass without Lube.

That's exactly what #Vault7 has exposed.

Tyrannical Lawlessness.

Four chan's picture

the american hero ed snowden fortold of this 10 years ago.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Thanks Assange ... we love wikileaks

Chupacabra-322's picture

Assange.

Snowden.

William Binney.

Russell Tice.

Sibel Edmonds.

James Corbett.

Modern day Hero's.

Fuck off & die Deep State.

lil dirtball's picture

> Where is the outrage?

Outrage? Where's the proof that any of this shit actually happened?

earleflorida's picture

look ma,... a doubting thomas

StychoKiller's picture

Meanwhile, Ol' Vlad has put on at least 3 pounds from eating so much popcorn! :>D  :>D

JRobby's picture

I think we are all wondering how these "tools" got out into "the marketplace"

I guess they are over extended? What with running ISIS, now rebranding it and apparently changing over payroll systems to keep "the effort" funded etc., etc.

Rich Stoehner's picture

The most obvious answer is a disgruntled ex employee of the NSA....
/sarc

HowdyDoody's picture

Some NSA employee running a little private scam using the company's tools. Blackhats are gonna blackhat.

JRobby's picture

You would think by now that they had a "deep understanding" of the criminal mentality?

That they would "screen for it" during the hiring process (depending on what type of position was being filled)

InsaneBane's picture

The real viruses are the CB´s worldwide

Speaking of ransom 15/30 year MORTgage with interest

Joe Davola's picture

The speculation when Shadow Brokers released this was it came from a disgruntled CIA contractor.  If I remember correctly, the claim was there were quite a number of contractors who had access to this code - something like a couple hundred.  Letting that many people have access to these exploits was totally irresponsible, no way it could be controlled, no way it wouldn't end up in the wild unintentionally.

And this was several year old code, I'm sure NSA/CIA/etc have sat on their hands and not developed any newer exploits.

earleflorida's picture

isis is only good at 'chopping heads off children', and selling their body parts...

to say they have the wherewithal to foster a 'netBomb`worldwide' is just assinine!

JRobby's picture

I am quite sure that is not what I inferred.

I do infer that they are negligent in allowing it to get out and that they in fact, are "running" many groups that are players in killing, disrupting and creating chaos. 

MFL5591's picture

Cyber fraud only happens during the week.  The weekends are not affected.  Laughabale@!

HomeBrewPrepper's picture

What will be the final straw to break this $h!t wide open

Things are moving exponentially

I see now why they let trumper win

BorisTheBlade's picture

Everything is already wide open. Problem is, nobody gives a flying schmuck about it.

Zorba's idea's picture

Its all part of the modern reality the elite's have devised...Chaos Capitalism. Blow shit up, then monetize the clean up.."rinse and repeat" Ops.

silverer's picture

"US intelligence services".
The latest high profile oxymoron.

Yen Cross's picture

  Hey Vlad , can I have some of your freshly popped "kettle Korn"? [and a shot of vodka]

Stan522's picture

.....not necessarily in that order...

espirit's picture

If Putin and Lavrov really wanted see some heads explode, they’d have to release lots of pics eating popcorn.

 

Hint, hint…                                                                                                             

 

spastic_colon's picture

Putin Jabs NSA For Letting The Ransomware "Genies Out Of The Bottle"

 

but nice work on the oil announcement and a big kudos to the global CB's for their coordinated asset price attack.

williambanzai7's picture

Fun and games for the Beltway bandits.

Yen Cross's picture

  The only reason the Ruskies haven't nuked us. is because Vlad reads Z/H and loves WB-7 ;-D

Yen Cross's picture

 The Micex is one of the most undervalued equity markets.  Interest rates in Russian investments are favorable[ROI], and Russian women are stunningly beautiful.]]]]]]]]]

TheLastTrump's picture

Where's the statement the hacker group made when they released this crap? Didn't they release it because someone was mean to Assange? This was just about a month ago right?

passerby's picture

Ransomware. NSA's new funding program?

Able Ape's picture

Doesn't the USA ever get tired of screwing the pooch?...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRG9O_CMp7M

 

Catullus's picture

New narrative: "Russia made us do it! Then they stole our spy tools and used them against us!"

 

 

66Mustanggirl's picture

Rather than running around chasing Russian bogeymen and hitting the Sunday morning shows trying to whip up Russian hysteria, perhaps Clapper & Co. from our world class (cough cough) Intelligence (cough cough) Community could have put forth some effort and resources to tightening up security so hackers couldn't steal their cyberware WMDs and thereby unleashing mayhem and chaos across the world.

Just a thought.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

... "Meanwhile, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith, blasted "the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments" which then get leaked into the public domain as equivalent to the "U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen."...

Now... now... Bradley!...

"NEVER" bite the hand that made you obscenely rich at the "expense" of everyone else that was your competitor!