Microsoft Blames the NSA
Executives at Microsoft made it no secret how they felt about the NSA’s involvement in the recent ransomware attacks that have been sweeping the globe. They condemned the agency for stockpiling vulnerabilities and powerful exploits over the years, which the NSA claims are used to battle terrorism, among other things. The NSA allegedly hid these hacking tools from Microsoft, which ultimately left their customers vulnerable to attack, according to company president Brad Smith. Smith and other experts are bringing attention to the danger that secret information caches like this one held by the NSA pose. If compromised, it empowers criminal groups and hostile nation-states to carry-out global cyberattacks with relative ease, and can send governments and businesses into a panicked frenzy.