zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / May 15, 2017 8:32 AM
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:
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