Snowden: NSA indirectly to blame for the cyber attack that has infected computers in 74 countries

National Security Agency (NSA), the US electronic intelligence, indirectly responsible for the cyber attack that has infected on Friday, tens of thousands of computers in dozens of countries, including the UK hospitals.

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This point of view was expressed by a former employee of US intelligence Edward Snowden on his page on Twitter.

“Wow: NSA decision to create tools for the attack on the US software is now threatening the lives of patients in hospitals,” – wrote Snowden. “Despite the warnings, the NSA has created a dangerous tools to carry out attacks which may affect Western software, today we can see what it’s worth,” – he added.

“If the NSA would be informed about the vulnerability of the program, when she found it, the hospital would have a few years – not months – in fact, to prepare for,” – said a former employee of the US intelligence services. “In light of today’s attacks, Congress ( US – Tass approx. ) Should ask the NSA whether his other vulnerabilities in the software is known, which is used in our hospitals,” – said Snowden.

The company “Kaspersky Lab” at 21:45 MSK recorded 45 thousand. Attempts by hackers to attack computers worldwide via -cipher virus. The hackers tried to attack computers in 74 countries, the largest number of attempts to infections observed in Russia.

According to the company, for data decryption attackers need to pay $ 600 in cryptocurrency Bitcoin. The virus, through which hackers have carried out attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in the software of Microsoft.

Organized cyber attacks by hackers around the world have used the spyware software that supposedly applied the NSA, told the American newspaper Politico.

According to her, the attackers demanding a ransom for the restoration of the computer networks used spyware that was previously distributed a group of hackers, acting under the name Shadow Brokers. They argued that gained access to allegedly designed the NSA program.

Edward Snowden – a former employee of the CIA, who worked in a private company, to fulfill orders NSA. In 2013, he made public information on the methods of electronic surveillance of US intelligence.

Fleeing from persecution by the US, Snowden has sent requests for asylum authorities in more than 20 countries, including Russia. August 1, 2014, he obtained a residence permit in Russia for three years and has since been on the territory of Russia.