May 18th 2017
By Mike Flaminio
USA Today reporting on speculation the WannaCry ransomware leaked out of the NSA's inventory of exploits.
The fact that they appear to have been stolen from a U.S. government-linked group and are now in the public domain has bolstered tech companies' contention that security backdoors would do more harm than good -- simply because these work-arounds risk ending up in criminal hands.
"This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem," Brad Smith, Microsoft's chief legal counsel, said in a blog post.
Basically if companies agree to install backdoors for government agents, there's not a good track record of government keeping such things secure for only legal use.