Monday, May 27, 2019

"The Most Destructive Breach In History": Hackers using NSA code

It's called EternalBlue and has been used by hackers in North Korea, Russia and China to "cut a path of destruction around the world."
Now it's come home to roost, wreaking havoc just miles from Washington in Baltimore.
Experts say that attacks using EternalBlue have soared and cyber-criminals are honing in on vulnerable towns and cities, using it to paralyze governments. The NSA's connection to the attacks had previously not been reported and the NSA hasn’t commented. In April 2017, Edward Snowden said that the "NSA just lost control of its Top Secret arsenal of digital weapons; hackers leaked it."

Since the April 2017 leak, the software has been used to paralyze places like hospitals, airports, rail and shipping operators, ATMs and factories. In the US and Canada, hackers are using the software to hit local governments.