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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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buzzsaw99's picture

the nsa just sits on their roids all day reading peoples' e-mails.

what we are dealing with here is someone who has absolutely no life.

how do you kill that which has no life?

[/southpark, world of warcraft]

Yen Cross's picture

 And watching midget tranny porn...

Gohigher's picture

You must find the Sword of 1000 Truths.

johnnycanuck's picture

Did Putin give the US a jab for letting the Al Qaeda Genie in Syria out of the bottle too?

Apparently with it's latest name change, the Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Al Nusra is no longer listed as a terrorist organization by the US, and Canada,  and has now joined the ranks of the 'moderate rebels'. 

I guess all eyes in the US have been on Elixir Salesman Trump's ongoing Roadshow and haven't noticed the peas being moved around in the great shell game once more.  Here's a bit on that from the CBC;


"Why no listing?

The reasons for the reluctance to list the new al-Qaeda formation may have to do with one of its new members, the Nour ed-Dine Zenki Brigade, a jihadi group from the Aleppo governorate.

The Zenki Brigade was an early and prominent recipient of U.S. aid, weapons and training.

Zenki was cut off by the State Department only after Amnesty International implicated them in killings of Orthodox Christian priests and members posted a video of themselves beheading a young boy.

For the U.S. to designate HTS now would mean acknowledging that it supplied sophisticated weapons including TOW anti-tank missiles to "terrorists," and draw attention to the fact that the U.S. continues to arm Islamist militias in Syria."



That's one explanation, I can think of a few more.



HowdyDoody's picture

US troops have also been spotted with the Kurdish PKK, even wearing their badges. The PKK is a designated Kurdish terrorist group.

Good terrorist, bad terrorist. What difference does it make at this point?

johnnycanuck's picture

Tel Aviv decides if they are naughty or nice.

SoDamnMad's picture

The PKK is fighting for a Kurdish homeland.  The Turks don't want that. The PKK fought hard and alone to drive ISIS out of their area while Turkey shipped in arms to ISIS while taking their stolen oil and selling it.  Like the pimps we are we will throw them under the bus just like many others in our wars for supremecy. The US has no HONOR.

InsaneBane's picture

"Did Putin give the US a jab for letting the Al Qaeda Genie in Syria out of the bottle too?"

No that was the so called U.S. Army


johnnycanuck's picture

A hood, for a hood, from the 'hood.

Zorba's idea's picture

I liken all this "re-branding" to how the Insurance Companies re-brand their corporate names and products after they screwed policyholders up the wazoo. The new and improved campaigns always bring in the suckers.

SgtShaftoe's picture

The NSA should be held fully responsible for all of the fallout from this.

Dg4884's picture

THIS IS ONLY A TEST.  If this were a real emergency, you would have been told nothing.  Gearing up for the big one!

Wild E Coyote's picture

Best comment after a long dry spell in ZH. 

Could not stop laughing. Thanks man. 

SpanishGoop's picture

Mommy, i found a bug.

Just eat it like we used to do when we were a child.


TalkToLind's picture

Embrace your news media! They will always tell you what to care about.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

And, more importantly, what NOT to care about.

Hannibal's picture
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Give Me Some Truth's picture

Fortunately, we do have 17 "intelligence agencies" .... in case the other 16 are somehow taken out of commission or co-opted.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Fortunately, we do have 17 "intelligence agencies" .... in case the other 16 are somehow taken out of commission or co-opted.

gregga777's picture

Intelligence agency is an oxymoron.  The NSA developed all of those nifty malware applications in conjunction with backdoors deliberately provided by the software CONporations.  Then they allowed them to be stolen by someone.  The proper name for them should Moron Agencies.

But, there is a bright side to this global malware ransomeware epidemic.  The American Intellectual Yet Idiot classes ruling morons in government and media have blamed it all on the Russians.  

Yes, the Moron Agencies are so incompetent that they freely ADMIT that the Russians stole their malware and are now holding the entire Internet hostage.  That provides further proof that the Intellectual Yet Idiot classes ruling morons are truly MORONS!!!

LA_Goldbug's picture

"Intelligence agency is an oxymoron."
In the case of the US I would agree.

They have so many "contractors" working for them that I suspect they have NO CONTROL over what these twits take home to use for their own profit.

Mr Perspective's picture

That's outsourcing for you. Right Mr Snowden?

Yen Cross's picture

 If the pathetic so called " escape velocity" state of the art, insurance Companies upgraded their software, this would NOT be a problem.

 As I stated yesterday, MS patched this problem back in March.

* Erdog[juan]an is a bad guy*   Turkey shouldn't be part of NATO.

gregga777's picture

Microsoft's patches often make their Windows operating system incompatible with other software applications running on the same machines.  

Yen Cross's picture

 I love Zorin 10, but Microshit was aware of this problem 2-3 months ago.   NSA=Microshit.

gregga777's picture

Microsoft customers should file a class action lawsuit against the Microsoft CONporation for their refusal to support "old" versions of the Windows operating system.  Microsoft retains total control of all source code and refuses to allow third-parties to offer maintenance services.  What Microsoft does would be like an automobile manufacturer refusing to allow anyone other than themselves to sell parts and services for their products even when they refuse to supply said parts and services.  

Microsoft has an abusive monopoly and they have their customers over a barrel.  Microsoft refuses to share any source code and they also refuse to support "old" versions of their products.  Microsoft should be broken up under the US Federal governments anti-trust statutes.  



Yen Cross's picture

  That could happen, and I agree with you, if there's substantial loss.

Sandmann's picture

30% installed base is XP. 



In addition to the frigate and destroyer fleets, the Navy has recently announced conversion to Windows in its submarine flotilla. 



Britain's Doomsday Nuke Subs Still Run Windows XP


The U.S. Navy also still runs Windows XP, but it is paying for extra security and updates while it transitions to more modern operating systems. A $9 million dollar tech support dealit cut with Microsoft is good until July 2016,








Mr Perspective's picture

Don't forget the NHS is reported to run XP on 90% of their 'pooters


So are they also running on 10-15 year old 1.6 mhz dinosaurs?

Sandmann's picture

At least 245 NHS Trusts and they only surveyed 42

jamesmmu's picture

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LA_Goldbug's picture

""U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen.""
Another MS genius.

Hello, try putting a Tomahawk in your pocket.

The Gladiator's picture

Try living in the real world.

gregga777's picture

The US [Intelligence Agencies] Moron Agencies and Intellectual Yet Idiot classes ruling morons are so incompetent they freely admit that the Russians stole their malware and are running a worldwide Internet ransomeware attack.  They also freely admit that the RUSSIANS hacked into Hillary Rodham Clinton's email server, John Podesta's email account and US voting machines in general.  The US taxpayers provide $ tens of BILLIONS in annual funding to the 17 US Moron Agencies and their hundreds of thousands of employees.  They freely claim that all of the above is true.  They are truly a pathetic collection of MORONS.  Their hundreds of thousands of employees must sit around watching Internet porn all day long because they sure as Hell are not doing their jobs.  


DuneCreature's picture

This hack attack was probably Barry OLowlife, Clapper and Brennan putting together a little legal defense fund or 'Get out of Dodge in a hurry' stash.

Dennis Montgomery has the goods on these evil clowns. ... Six hundred million pages worth:


Great fun hammering people with THE HAMMER, I'm sure.


Live Hard, Your Bank Account, SS, And PIN Number Are Probably On One Of Those Pages, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

Consuelo's picture



In the game of geopolitics, this man simply does Not know how to lose...

gregga777's picture

in·com·pe·tence in?kämp?d?ns/ noun   
  1. inability to do something successfully; ineptitude.

    "allegations of professional incompetence"

    synonyms: ineptitude, ineptness, inability, lack of ability, lack of skill, lack of proficiency; 

    other synonyms:

  • Defense Intelligence Agency;
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency;
  • National Reconnaissance Office;
  • National Security Agency;
  • Military Intelligence Corps;
  • Office of Naval Intelligence;
  • Twenty-Fifth Air Force;
  • Marine Corps Intelligence;
  • Coast Guard Intelligence;
  • Office of Intelligence and Analysis;
  • Central Intelligence Agency;
  • Bureau of Intelligence and Research;
  • Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence;
  • Office of National Security Intelligence;
  • FBI Intelligence Branch;
  • Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence;
barysenter's picture

When Putin supports the cover story you know its all bullshit.

DuneCreature's picture

Another little point overlooked accidentally on purpose. ... That Bitcoin wallet sits on the end of a data packet stream that ends in an IP address. .... The wallet may not be physically at that location but the owner of the IP knows where it is.

My money is on the Bitcoin wallet sitting on a drive in Langley Va. ... Fort Washington MD is my second guess.

The CIA are masters of the extortion racket.

Live Hard, Following The Bitcoin Works The Same As Following The Money, Honey, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

fel.temp.reparatio's picture

"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."

*boom* ...when you are born in this world, you get a free ticket to the freak show (rip george carlin)

Hannibal's picture
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Rabbitnexus's picture

Typical idiocy. They're giving their puppets better weapons than they have themselves in this case and we know what happens eventually they will be facing down the same creeps with those weapons they gave them.

hannah's picture

anybody wanna bet that the virus works..i.e. it locks the pc BUT there isnt a real person on the 'other end' to unlock it even if the ransom is paid. so everyones pc is toast and there isnt a cure even if you tried to pay...........hahahahahahaha

JailBanksters's picture

Anybody noticed ....

The biggest countries affected are all the coutries the US wants to have a war with.

Yeah, just co-incidence right !

Mr Perspective's picture

Unbelievable. There is a full Wikipedia page about this already. Scripted bullshit this is.


"If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.”
W.C. Fields

WTFUD's picture

' I smell a rat '

Well that's not difficult when there's a rat in every office of Congress & Senate.

Pitchman's picture

 "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"

Someone let Mr. Smith know his statement is wholly representative of the risk the world faces when "nation-state action" and "organized criminal action" combine as one.  

It's called Fascism. 

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