Top NSA Whistleblower: Ransomware Hack Due to “Swindle of the Taxpayers” by Intelligence Agencies

What should we make of the global ransomware attacks which happened today?

We’ve documented that the intelligence services intentionally create digital vulnerabilities, then intentionally leave them open … leaving us exposed and insecure.

Washington’s Blog asked the highest level NSA whistleblower ever* – Bill Binney – what he thinks of the attacks.

Binney told us:

This is what I called short sighted finite thinking on the part of the Intelligence Community managers.

This is also what I called (for some years now) a swindle of the tax payers. First, they find or create weaknesses then they don’t fix these weaknesses so we are all vulnerable to attack.

Then, when attacks occur, they say they need more money for cyber security — a total swindle!!! [Indeed.]

This is only the second swindle of the public. The first was terror efforts by saying we need to collect everything to stop terror — another lie. They said that because to collect everything takes lots and lots of money.

Then, when the terror attack occurs, they say they need more money, people and data to stop terror. Another swindle from the start. [The war on terror is a “self-licking ice cream cone”, because it creates many more terrorists than it stops.]

And, finally, the latest swindle “THE RUSSIANS DID IT.” This is an effort to start a new cold war which means another bigger swindle of US tax payers.

For cyber security, I would suggest the president order NSA, CIA and any others to fix the cyber problems they know about; then, maybe we will start to have some cyber security.

The bottom line is that our intelligence services should start concentrating on actually defending us, rather than focusing their resources on offensive mischief.

* Binney is the NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information, who served as the senior technical director within the agency, who managed six thousand NSA employees, the 36-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency and the NSA’s best-ever analyst and code-breaker, who mapped out the Soviet command-and-control structure before anyone else knew how, and so predicted Soviet invasions before they happened (“in the 1970s, he decrypted the Soviet Union’s command system, which provided the US and its allies with real-time surveillance of all Soviet troop movements and Russian atomic weapons”).

Binney is the real McCoy. As we noted in 2013, Binney has been interviewed by virtually all of the mainstream media, including CBS, ABC, CNN, New York Times, USA Today, Fox News, PBS and many others.

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  • Charlie Primero

    Contacting Bill Binney is good journalism. Too few make use of his goldmine of insight. Thanks W.B.

    Conspiracy: “In an update that was notable for its unlikely and extremely fortuitous timing, Microsoft patched the underlying vulnerability in March, exactly four weeks before the Shadow Brokers’ April release published the weapons-grade NSA exploit.”

    Microsoft is a HUGE military contractor. Most I.T. people suspect Microsoft works with the NSA to patch exploits they both know about just in time for Microsoft to avoid responsibility when they become publicly known.

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  • Dr Mindbender

    Yes, but there is another possibility, and that is that by allowing criminals to run wild with NSA tools, the government can declare an emergency and take total control of the internet by national emergency decree. The American public, as usual, will only OBEY. This can give them power to censor sites as well. These tools were spread online, so, just you wait until government comes up with another pre-planned patriot act for the hacks soon to come!

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  • kimo

    Did you check your bank account this morning?

  • mark

    the third reason to collect everything, means that those needing dirt on people can sift through the records for dirt or flaws ,.. next political assassination…no more enemies! its old as Rome, now its Epowered


    So the national security state is only to watch the sheep, not to protect them. Intelligence agency is an oxymoron.

  • tom

    Won’t somebody think of the children!!!

  • travis690

    This scheme to once again find a way to rob the citizenry, via taxes and spending, on even more security infrastructure has proven a bust. Except that they always find a way to con the legislative class into finding the money for these scams. And, as usual, they’re blaming suspects from other nations. In this example, it’s North Korea that will take the blame. And WikiLeaks.

    Apparently, someone made the code available to WikiLeaks, who supposedly published it. Just another attempt to blame Julian Assange for the NSA’s and CIA’s perennial short-comings.

    I support Binney’s prescription: Plug the holes, then abandon these projects of turning our information against us! You have proven yourselves to be inept at everything you do, so let’s see if you goons know how to work with duct tape. You have demonstrated contempt for Americans and their rights to privacy. There is no need for keeping criminals employed against the people who pay for their criminal activities.

    So, to the NSA, the CIA, the FBI: Fix your mess. Then go out of business.