Putin called the U.S. secret service, the “primary source” spread around the world virus-the extortionerUncategorized May 15, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin during the press-conference on results of his visit to China commented resonant event of the last days, which received the global scale, is a powerful cyber attack using the virus-the extortioner WannaCry affected, according to Europol, at least 150 countries. According to the Russian leader, the source of malware is now the US intelligence services.
However, the involvement of Russia to the emergence of the virus Putin has denied. “As for the source of these threats, then, in my opinion, the management Microsoft it expressly stated, said that the primary source of this virus are the special services of the United States, Russia is completely innocent. I’m surprised to hear in these circumstances something else”, – quotes “Interfax” words of the Russian President at a press conference in Beijing.
Apparently, Putin referred to the published yesterday the statement of the President of Microsoft brad Smith. In it the CEO criticized the us intelligence agencies collect data about the vulnerabilities of operating systems that are subsequently available to hackers.
The spread of the virus WannaCry Smith tied to the theft of data about vulnerabilities in the OS from the national security Agency (NSA), USA. “Exploits (programs that exploit vulnerabilities in software to attack a system. – Approx. NEWSru.com) used in the attack using the virus WannaCrypt, was obtained from exploits, stolen from the national security Agency, or NSA. About the theft was publicly reported at the beginning of this year”, – reads the statement of the head of Microsoft.
“We have already seen how data about the software vulnerabilities that was collected by the CIA, was published by WikiLeaks. Now the same vulnerability that was stolen from the NSA that touched people around the world. Once again exploits, was in the hands of the government, were in open access and caused large-scale damage,” said Smith.
Back in the day of the beginning of large-scale cyberattacks the American edition of Politico reported, the hackers, extortionists used the modified program of the NSA, Statesthat in April the leak hit the Internet. The group published its hackers called themselves the Shadow Brokers. Who now uses malicious code is unclear. About using the NSA code is also written in his Twitter ex-employee of the Agency Edward Snowden.
Putin offered to discuss the issue of cybersecurity “at a serious political level”
In this regard, Putin noted that Russia last year had offered the American partners to study the issue of cyber security and even to conclude an intergovernmental agreement, reports TASS. “Unfortunately, our proposal was rejected, then the previous administration (USA) stated that she is ready to return to this our proposal, but nothing was done in practice”, – stated the President of the Russian Federation.
Putin compared the development in the field of cybersecurity with the “Jinn released from the bottle”. “The Jinn are made from bottles, especially created in the security services, then they can cause damage even to their authors and creators,” said the President of the Russian Federation.
For this reason, Putin called to discuss the issue of cybersecurity “at a serious political level” with other countries. “You need immediately to discuss this question at a serious political level and to develop a protection system against such manifestations,” – said the head of state, answering questions of journalists.
Putin: Russian companies did not suffer much damage from cyber attacks
Meanwhile, Putin noted that Russian companies did not suffer significant damage from global cyber attacks. “For us, no substantial prejudice was not for our systems – either for the banking or health system, or others. But in General, it is alarming, there is nothing good, that is cause for concern,” – said the Russian leader.
In this case last Friday, when they began to receive messages about international cyber attack, “Kaspersky Lab” reportedthat most infected with the virus-the extortioner WannaCry suffered by Russia. It was later revealed that the target of criminals have become the computers of the Ministry of internal Affairs, Sberbank, the Ministry of health, “MegaFon”. Last Saturday, about the attempted intrusion was reported in the Russian Railways and the Central Bank, it stressed that mass requests to computers in the Russian credit institutions were unsuccessful.
Virus WCry, also known as WannaCry and WannaCryptor, encrypts files on the computer and requires the victim ransom of $ 300 to $ 600 in bitcoins for the ability to recover data. The malware exploits a vulnerability in the Windows operating system “patch” for which the Creator of the OS Microsoft released in March. Were infected computers that have not installed the patch.
According to may 15, extortionists managed to get about 42 thousand dollars in bitcoins. The attackers did not withdraw these funds from the accounts, probably knowing about the surveillance of law enforcement.