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Wikipedia Founder: WannaCry Cyberattack 'Huge Screw-Up' by US Government

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By Joe Crowe   |   Friday, 19 May 2017 10:46 AM

The cyberattack that hit 200,000 computers was the result of the U.S. government committing a "huge screw-up," Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said Friday.

"I would join with Microsoft and the other leaders of the industry in saying this is a huge screw-up by the government," Wales told CNBC.

Cyber security experts said that beginning on Friday, May 12, the virus called WannaCry locked up more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries.

The National Security Agency discovered it was using a vulnerability in Windows XP, and Microsoft released a patch for it in March, but many users had not updated their software, CNBC reported.

"The NSA found this issue. They did not report it to Microsoft until it had been stolen from them and was in the wild," Wales said.

"The moment the NSA found it, they should have notified Microsoft, so they could quietly issue a patch… I think it's very problematic when we see the security services stockpiling and weaponizing things what are things that are very risky to the public," he added.

On Sunday, Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer said the attack was a "wake-up call."

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