Snowden Blasts The NSA Over Global Malware Attack

By Jack Burns

Just one day after U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order designed to improve the country’s national security against cyber security threats, nearly 100 countries, including the United States, were hit with a powerful Ransomware cyber-attack. An Attack, that former National Security Advisor contractor Edward Snowden is blaming on the NSA.

It was the one of largest known cyber-attacks in the history of the world and demanded frozen computers all across the globe buy bitcoin and pay in bitcoin to have their computers released.

The attack, carried out on Friday, affected and infected computer systems all across the globe, hitting the UK’s National Health Service the worst, according to some reports.

It even affected the server which hosts the Free Thought Project’s website. We experienced outages of over an hour before reverting back to our backup server in another part of the country.

Hours after the attack, carried out by unknown assailants, Snowden said it all could have been prevented.

In a series of tweets, Snowden attacked his former employer, pinning the burden of blame squarely on the backs of the NSA. Demonstrating the serious nature of the attacks, the whistleblower emphasized lives were on the line in the latest cyber attack.

The tools used in this hack were released online last month and belonged to the NSA.

Snowden, seeing the grave danger posed by the NSA’s spying and irresponsible nature, tweeted, “Whoa: decision to build attack tools targeting US software now threatens the lives of hospital patients,” indicating it was a leaked NSA cyberwar tool, created by the NSA which attacked the UK’s hospital system.

Pinning the blame on the NSA, he then tweeted, “Despite warnings, built dangerous attack tools that could target Western software. Today we see the cost:”

Graham Cluley, a computer security expert, agrees with Snowden, saying,

The US intelligence agency found a security hole in Microsoft software and rather than doing the decent thing and contacting Microsoft they kept it to themselves and exploited it for the purposes of spying. Then they themselves got hacked. And it was at that point Microsoft thought, ‘Jesus we need to patch against this thing’.

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Still acting as the patriot he claims to be, Snowden then called on Congress to call the NSA to the carpet and demand they acknowledge, address, and shore up vulnerabilities in other systems. He said in a tweet, “In light of today’s attack, Congress needs to be asking if it knows of any other vulnerabilities in software used in our hospitals.”

Not mincing words, the whistleblower — who some have called a traitor — tweeted, “If had privately disclosed the flaw used to attack hospitals when they *found* it, not when they lost it, this may not have happened.”

The blame, according to Snowden, lies within the NSA and could have been prevented. He elaborated in his follow-up tweet. The former NSA contractor said the government agency should have approached the hospital systems privately and revealed the Microsoft Windows vulnerability years ago, instead of letting the tool fall into the wrong hands and jeopardize lives.

He tweeted, “This is a special case. Had disclosed the vuln[erability] when they discovered it, hospitals would have had years — not months — to prepare.”

While it’s true that Microsoft is no longer providing updates and patches to its Windows XP platform, Snowden implied the security agency had a fiduciary responsibility to shore up any and all known vulnerabilities within XP. He tweeted, “If NSA builds a weapon to attack Windows XP—which Microsoft refuses to patches—and it falls into enemy hands, should NSA write a patch?”

Some might say Snowden’s last suggestion makes a lot of sense. Microsoft could have continued support for its aging platform, but when it didn’t, the NSA could have stepped in and provided such a security patch. Or, at the very least, informed people of the flaw.

Once again, Snowden’s words appear to haunt his former employer. In the ground shaking documentary, Citizenfour (2014), Snowden went on camera to tell the world just how powerful the NSA’s systems were, and to warn all Americans and world citizens alike of the dangers of cyber-warfare.

Only now is the world beginning to see, arguably, just how true his predictions would become. The switch has been flipped and the world is at war. The only problem is, no one knows precisely who is pulling the switches. But according to Snowden, the NSA knows how to fix it.

Jack Burns is an educator, journalist, investigative reporter, and advocate of natural medicine. This article first appeared here at TheFreeThoughtProject.com

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5 Comments on "Snowden Blasts The NSA Over Global Malware Attack"

  1. Note that it was DARPA that created telecommunications protocol (TCP) and internet protocol (IP), all of it’s layers an manuals how to get around the internals of it’s implementation. Snowden also revealed access to every wired and wireless port that is also from Wikileaks’ Vault 7. NSA, DHS, Intelligence agencies, NGOs, 5 eyes, SIS (British Secret Intelligence Service), MI6 and the plethora of other agencies with interlocking interests throughout the globe (also known as the deep state and it is global including international bankers and investment houses), are running the rest of humanity around like lab rats. The system of espionage against the people is older than the Bolshevik revolution and WWI going back at least as far as Defense Plan Orange put out by Naval Intelligence in 1897 for asymmetric warfare against Japan for the control of the Pacific, and the false flag war of the Spanish American war.

  2. To me this part of the article : “This was the one of largest known cyber-attacks in the history of the world and demanded frozen computers all across the globe buy bitcoin and pay in bitcoin to have their computers released”, tells me there lies some truth into the allegations NSA was responsible. NSA like many other US federal agencies are part of a global conspiracy to bring fort the new world government coveted from global elites/bankers. Why else was payment in bitcoin be demanded other than another exercise for people to use a cashless method as a form of payment? Next will be the implanted chip to conduct of any type of transaction. Advice to everyone, insist on cash payments for legal transactions.

  3. Even if Snowden isn’t 100% right all the time. He most definitely isn’t wrong. Perhaps, he is so right most of the time, that he has become a threat to World Government. A One World Government is a threat to us All.

  4. Wake up call…ding ding.

    Does anyone ever wonder why the so-called greatest investigation and spy agencies, the CIA and NSA have not put a hit on Snowdon? Makes me say hmmm. Perhaps they don’t kill their own.

  5. Whether directly or indirectly, The NSA is engaging in terrorism! Gross negligence causing harm is a felony! In point of fact, it is an act of war against every nation harmed by America’s perverse agencies.

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