Russia is probably behind the recent global ransomware hacking attack due to its connection to the cybergang that is suspected of having perpetrated it, according to Robert Mendick of the Telegraph. He writes that Shadow Brokers, the group in question, was linked to the Russian government by Edward Snowden in 2016. In April, they communicated that they had successfully acquired hacking tools by the NSA, which were used in the recent attack. Mendick implies that Shadow Brokers launched the hacking campaign in response to the recent US missile strike on Syria, suggesting that the Russian government organized it.
Accusations that Russia committed the recent global hacking attack are misplaced as Russia was the hack’s main target, claims Andrew E. Kramer of the New York Times. He points out that more Russian computers were infected by the cyber attack than in any other country. Russian banks, cellphone operators, railroads and even the government were affected by the hacking, reports Kramer. He quotes Russian officials dismissing accusations that they were behind this, portraying the hacking as a threat to humanity as a whole. Given that Russia suffered the most, it should be considered a fellow victim in the recent attack, infers Kramer.