We all know that WannaCry has shown that security is closely linked to the updates that companies launch and the need to install them. However, according to the recent information released today by the Washington Post is depicting something different story.
NSA Reported Vulnerability Used In WannaCry Attack To Microsoft
WannaCry has shown that security is closely linked to the updates that companies launch and the need to install them. With a simple Windows flaw, which had already been fixed, it was possible to take care of the networks of many companies around the world.
The tech giant Microsoft quickly came out to accuse the NSA and the US government of being aware of this failure and not disclosing it, but the truth is that the NSA had already passed its existence to the tech giant Microsoft.
According to information released today by the Washington Post, it was the NSA that revealed to Microsoft the existence of the failure of Windows being used by WannaCry.
NSA collaborated with Microsoft
The US intelligence agency did so only when it was attacked by the Shadow Brokers group, from which all the tools that this group tried to sell were stolen, but that would eventually be public.
As soon as it became aware of the crash, Microsoft was quick to create the necessary updates to protect users, but as it turned out, they were not installed, allowing WannaCry to reach the known proportions.
In fact, the revelation of the failure by the NSA was not innocent and intended to assure the agency that the machines of its users would be protected and that in this way it would be possible to avoid attacks for theft of data.
The NSA has been exploiting this flaw for 5 years by installing software on machines it wanted to spy on or where it wanted to steal data.
The most caricature in this situation is that in case the Shadow Brokers group attack had not had the success it had, the failure would probably never be known and the NSA would continue to exploit it for many more years.
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