Hackers Hit Dozens of Countries Exploiting Stolen N.S.A. Tool

Posted in: Legal & Security at 13/05/2017 18:34

Hackers exploiting malicious software stolen from the National Security Agency executed damaging cyberattacks on Friday that hit dozens of countries worldwide, forcing Britain’s public health system to send patients away, freezing computers at Russia’s Interior Ministry and wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers elsewhere.

The attacks amounted to an audacious global blackmail attempt spread by the internet and underscored the vulnerabilities of the digital age.

Transmitted via email, the malicious software locked British hospitals out of their computer systems and demanded ransom before users could be let back in — with a threat that data would be destroyed if the demands were not met.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/world/europe/uk-national-health-service-cyberattack.html

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