Putin blames US intelligence agencies for WannaCry ransomware hack attack

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The President of Russia Vladimir Putin said that the U.S. intelligence agencies are the primary source of the WannaCry ransomware virus, which hit tens of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries.

“Russia has absolutely nothing to do with it. It’s strange for me to hear something else in these conditions. Malware created by intelligence agencies can backfire on its creators,” said Putin, speaking to media in Beijing.

He added that global leaders needed to discuss cyber security at a “serious political level” and said the U.S. has backed away from signing a cyber security agreement with Russia.

Vladimir Putin also added that the WannaCry hacker attack did not cause significant damage to Russian institutions and companies. “But it is alarming, there is nothing good here, it causes concern,” concluded Putin.

On Sunday night, Microsoft president Brad Smith also slammed the U.S. National Security Agency that had originally created the EternalBlue exploit that allowed the WannaCry ransomware attack to infect computers.

“The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call. 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,” said Brad Smith in his statement.

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