Putin Blames U.S. for WannaCry Computer Virus

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Putin blamed the US for creating tools to exploit Microsoft flaw and denies Russian involvement in the hack

By Max Seddon
FT (Financial Times)

Russian president Vladimir Putin says US intelligence services are to blame for the WannaCry virus that affected tens of thousands of computers worldwide last week.

Speaking in Beijing on Monday, Mr Putin said:

“Microsoft said it directly: the initial source of this virus is the United States security agencies, Russia’s got absolutely nothing to do with it. Given that, it’s strange to hear anything else.”

Russia was the country most affected by the attack, which hit its interior ministry, mobile provider MegaFon, Sberbank, as well as a number of other ministries and state-run firms.

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“There was no significant damage for us or for our institutions – whether it’s banking, healthcare, or anything else. But in general it’s worrying, there’s nothing good about it, it’s concerning,”…

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