In addition to being a threat for almost all the users of older versions of Windows, WannaCry Ransomware vulnerabilities have unleashed some frightening facts that are totally disturbing. According to a report, the National Security Agency acquired a number of exploits from many of the Windows users which was again stolen by the hackers.
Washington Post’s Report
According to the Washington Post’s report, the NSA reported the WannaCry Ransomware problem to Microsoft. Things may look pretty simple from this angle but when the problem got reported by NSA to Microsoft, the dirty secrets were revealed.
The report states that the famous cyberattackers, Shadow Brokers attacked the NSA servers to acquire the information that the agency had acquired by breaking into Windows computers of the public.
Now when the NSA’s own data got stolen and the online leaking of such data was feared, the agency reported the issue to Microsoft. But NSA didn’t do it for the general public only but the actual reason was that the hackers also got their hands on the agency’s data and it contained the most important files belonging to the Department of Defense.
NSA’s Report To Microsoft Disclosed The Vulnerability
If you pay attention to the timing of awareness about the vulnerability, you’ll pretty much understand the issue. NSA held the secret for almost 5 years and they kept on using this flaw for their own personal means. The flaw got viral and people came to know about it just after NSA reported it to Microsoft. As a result, the newer versions of Windows, which were getting the security patches, were joined by the older versions as well including the Windows XP.
Microsoft showed its concerns regarding the matter as keeping this secret became one of the reasons of such a big flaw to flourish. The official statement released by Microsoft in this regard goes like:
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. And this most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cyber security threats in the world today – nation-state action and organized criminal action.