Quotes of the Week: "We would have had years to prepare for this attack rather than a month or two"

“An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen.”

Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith on agencies hoarding exploits


“We had in fact prevented the spread of the ransomware and prevented it ransoming any new computer since the registration of the domain.”

UK security blogger Malware Tech – later identified as 22-year-old Marcus Hutchins – on how he helped inadvertently stem the spread of the Wanna Cry ransomware


“Had the NSA not waited until our enemies already had this exploit to tell Microsoft, and then Microsoft could begin the patch cycle, but instead told Microsoft when the NSA first learned of this critical vulnerability, we would have had years to prepare hospitals networks for this attack rather than a month or two, which is what we actually ended up with.”

Ed Snowden on the NSA’s hoarding on vulnerabilities the light of last week’s WannaCry attack


“The NSA didn’t use the WannaCry, criminals did –- someone stole it. “We’ve got to have tools, the NSA don’t hoard exploits; they release 90+ percent of what they get but to go after a terrorist you need an exploit.”

Former NSA Director Keith Alexander defending the NSA’s methods


“First steps of freedom!!”

Tweet from Chelsea Manning, after being released from prison for leaking information to WikiLeaks


“If they make the world safer it's going to be a very good thing, but it won't be a good thing for auto insurers. If driverless cars became pervasive it would only be because they were safer. That would mean that the overall economic cost of auto-related losses had gone down and that would drive down the premiums.”

Warren Buffet on how driverless cars could hurt the insurance industry


“Nobody’s got to use the internet.”

Wisconsin congressman Jim Sensenbrenner on regional internet monopolies in the US


“From terminators to teddy bears, anything or any toy can be weaponised.”

Reuben Paul, an 11-year-old hacker, at the One Conference in the Hague this week


“Steve Jobs called me up a few decades ago to be the voice of Apple. That was early on, and I did not know it was Steve Jobs.”

Jeff Goldblum on how he could have been the voice of Siri


“I believe it's really important to have these conversations out in the open, rather than have them behind closed doors.”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on why he likes having President Trump using his platform


“Data is the new oil.”

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, speaking at the Xponential conference, referring to the massive flows of information coming from autonomous systems such as cars and drones


“What Orwell prophesied in '1984,' where technology was being used to monitor, control, dictate. Or what Huxley imagined we may do just by distracting ourselves without any meaning or purpose. Neither of these futures is something that we want.”

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella on the dangers of technology being used in the wrong way


“The fact is, I feel sad. We had a close relationship with a lot of the team there. Many of them helped us very genuinely—I think this decision came from on high.”

Nucleus CEO Johnathan Frankel on being a part of Amazon’s Alexa Fund for two years, only to see Amazon embed very similar functionality directly into Alexa


“Maybe the farmer could disguise himself as a chicken to check on his flock, but there would be no non-player characters. They'd be real chickens, because the facilities are all networked together, and they'd be in the same virtual world, and they'd have microphones.”

Austin Stewart, assistant professor of design at Iowa State University, outlining the idea of his Second Livestock project; an idea to put battery chickens in a VR world to make them think they’re free-range


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