Monday 20 November 2017

Assange is right... intelligence agencies should stop hoarding cyber vulnerabilities for their own gains

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Leonid Bershidsky

The ransomware attack that has brought down MRI scanners in the UK, railroad ticket machines in Germany, interior ministry computers in Russia and parts of the FedEx network in the US is bound to cause a backlash against spy agencies' cyberwarfare capabilities.

It shows that services such as the US National Security Agency (NSA) hoard weapons that, by their very nature, target civilian infrastructure.

The WannaCry attack wasn't a big-time nation state operation, though it's likely that it may have originated in Russia.

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