News Alert: Massive hack hits computers worldwide, exploiting a vulnerability identified in leaked National Security Agency documents

Malicious software that blocks access to computers is spreading swiftly across the world, snarling critical systems in hospitals, telecommunications, corporate offices and beyond, apparently with the help of a vulnerability discovered by the National Security Agency, cybersecurity experts say. The reports of the malware began in Britain, where the National Health Service reported serious problems today. But officials and experts are now describing a far more extensive problem spreading across the Internet and unbounded by national borders. In the United States, FedEx said it was hit by malicious software. Cyber experts said the malicious software works by exploiting a flaw that was laid out in NSA documents that were stolen from the agency and released by a criminal group called Shadow Brokers last year.

 
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News Alert Fri., May. 12, 2017 3:19 p.m.
 
 
Massive hack hits computers worldwide, exploiting a vulnerability identified in leaked National Security Agency documents
Malicious software that blocks access to computers is spreading swiftly across the world, snarling critical systems in hospitals, telecommunications, corporate offices and beyond, apparently with the help of a vulnerability discovered by the National Security Agency, cybersecurity experts say. The reports of the malware began in Britain, where the National Health Service reported serious problems today. But officials and experts are now describing a far more extensive problem spreading across the Internet and unbounded by national borders. In the United States, FedEx said it was hit by malicious software. Cyber experts said the malicious software works by exploiting a flaw that was laid out in NSA documents that were stolen from the agency and released by a criminal group called Shadow Brokers last year.
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