Ransomware

Giant Ransomware Attack Uses NSA Hack

A world-spanning cyberattack on May 12th infiltrated high-profile systems including the Russia’s Interior Ministry and Britain’s National Health Service, using tools originally developed by the NSA. British hospitals were forced to turn some patients away due to the inability to access health records and lab results. Ransomware encrypts the contents of a computer and demands money to decrypt it; the New York Times reported this was the likely the largest such attack on record. The attack highlighted the risks of intelligence agencies developing cyberweapons and leaving known vulnerabilities in place, since they can be exploited by anyone. This issue was explored in The Technoskeptic just days before the attack. —ML

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