Giant cyber attack, infecting hundreds of thousands of computers in a few days around the world, the head of Microsoft has created a truly military metaphors. Getting set up in the NSA program in the hands of hackers, he compared with the hypothetical situation where the Pentagon would have been stolen missiles "Tomahawk". Why is the head of the largest computer corporation decided to press charges against the powerful US intelligence?
Once swept the world of unprecedented scale cyber attacks have become all wonder who could be behind it. This question has remained unanswered. However, in parallel with those searching for information began to appear in the international media that the software tools that have been used in the commission of the attack, were developed US National Security Agency, and then stolen from him by unknown hackers. Later, a similar view was expressed by a former NSA analyst Edward Snowden.
But if the words of Snowden and the press could be called speculation, it looks much more weighty statement of the president of Microsoft Breda Smita. Smith noted that the basis of the code, by which the virus spread WannaCrypt lies EternalBlue code written by experts of the US NSA.
CEO stressed that the United States secret services permanently accumulate and store information about vulnerabilities in software, and develop capacity to use these codes point. He even mentioned the recent publication of WikiLeaks, showing the storage of such data and programs by the Central Intelligence Agency. In this case, Smith pointed out that the state structures stored malicious agents repeatedly flowed into the network, causing significant damage.
In this regard, he said the businessman, creates unintentional connection between the actions of national governments and organized crime, which he called a major global cyber threats. Hit programs of the NSA in the hands of hackers, he compared with the situation when the US Defense Department would be "Tomahawk" missiles stolen. Smith pointed out that if the US government reported the identified vulnerabilities in the software development companies, rather than accumulating the data in secret, then it would be possible to avoid such cyberattacks. He also urged to develop international regulatory measures in the area of cyber security, similar to those used for arms control.
It is worth recalling that a massive cyber attack began on Friday. WannaCrypt virus got into the computers of users using phishing links in email messages, and then began to self-distribute themselves in local and domestic networks. The worm blocks access to files infected machine, requiring a fee for unlocking (the average 300 dollars) in Bitcoins. The first victims were Britain, Spain and Portugal, in particular health care, banking and telecommunications. Although infection were subjected to only the computers that are running older versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system and in which disabled the installation of the system updates the scale of the attack was a record: about 200 thousand. computers in 150 countries. The largest number of infections occurred in Russia, Ukraine, India, Taiwan, was also greatly affected China. Russian agencies were able to quickly isolate the problem with minimal damage.
Against the background of such a scale reproaches Breda Smita addressed the US administration is particularly resonant sound. Of course, he mentioned that an important factor was the widespread use of pirated users and unattended older versions of the OS. However, much emphasis was placed precisely on the dubious role of US intelligence. In addition, this is the first time that Microsoft has publicly confirmed that the malware used in the attack by hackers, have been developed NSA.
This Microsoft «revolt» due to the fact that the company does not want to be at. "The reason (attack) is that Microsoft has a vulnerability, not the fact that it has filed NSA. At NSA work like this - they are looking for vulnerabilities and find it to use it later if something happens. Why Microsoft has this vulnerability, and why they have not found it - that is another question ", - he told the newspaper VIEW Zecurion CEO Aleksey Raevsky. "Here, Microsoft knocks the blame on others. That is not all, of course, great, but, let's say, more blame on the less sick ", - he added.
A similar opinion was expressed by the newspaper VIEW founder of DriverPack Solution Arthur Kuzyakov "bezopasnik from the security services, in any case will always look for ways to hack into these or other operating systems. Bad when hackers in the public domain there are ways of operating these vulnerabilities. "
At the same time, US of IT-corporations, in fact traditionally cooperated with US intelligence agencies, not for the first time to express their dissatisfaction with the increased activity of US government agencies in the field of information technologies. Previously rebelled Apple, refused to comply with the request of the FBI to develop a tool to crack iPhone, belonging to the terrorist Said Farouk. In recent years, more and more negative response gaining theme of surveillance, wiretaps and access to personal data of citizens of the secret services in the United States and the world. Giants such as Apple and the Microsoft, can not ignore such sentiments, but because trying to distance themselves from such activities of state agencies, fearing the loss of image.
The accumulation of the state structures of data on software vulnerabilities and creating malware also can not but cause concern for companies. After the leak of such data is fraught for them not only of image, but also severe financial losses. In addition, the intelligence services are stepping up efforts to force the corporation to dance to their tune, strictly following any of their requirements, also negatively perceived by IT-giants.
CEO Reactive Phone Solutions Ivan Semyonov noted VIEW newspaper that the storage of such data secret services really poses a threat to cyber security. "NSA is not enough that do not report vulnerabilities, it also looks for itself and lays them," - said the expert. Ivan Semenov also pointed out that the agency is also not safe from hackers and penetration, accumulating such data, "laid a time bomb." He added: "What we are seeing with this virus - it is a consequence of the fact that the NSA did not tell anyone anything."
For what tasks are required to Washington malware, as well as information about points of vulnerability? It is difficult here to find some other response options, except for the burglary, access to personal data, installation of surveillance, of shares of influence, etc. "With these vulnerabilities can penetrate any computer and do with it whatever you like..: download information, format the hard drive ", - said Aleksey Raevsky. "They need to track data," - Ivan Semyonov said.
And it is in such activity Americans actively blamed the notorious Russian hackers allegedly working for the government of Russia. Only no evidence linking Moscow to Washington this result and could not. A confirmation of US involvement in such activity come up with surprising regularity. Here and Russian President Vladimir Putin, commenting on the cyber attack occurred, he pointed out that, since the primary source of the virus is the United States, against this background, strange to hear attacks against the Russian Federation.