NSA officials worried about the day its potent hacking tool would get loose. Then it did. - The Washington Post: "“NSA identified a risk and communicated it to Microsoft, who put out an immediate patch” in March, said Mike McNerney, a former Pentagon cybersecurity official and a fellow at the Truman National Security Project. The problem, he said, is no senior official took the step of shouting to the world: “This one is very serious and we need to protect ourselves.”
But critics say the government got off easy this time. What if the Shadow Brokers had dumped the exploits in 2014, before the government had begun to upgrade software on its computers? What if they had released them and Microsoft had no ready patch?"
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