Saturday, May 13, 2017

An NSA Linked Malware Tool Is Shutting Down Thousands Of Computer Networks Worldwide -- News Updates May 13, 2017

Washington Post: Malware, described in leaked NSA documents, cripples computers worldwide

Hackers unleashed an attack that disabled computers in dozens of nations Friday using a software flaw that once was part of the National Security Agency’s surveillance tool kit.

The resulting wave of online chaos affected tens of thousands of machines worldwide, snarling operations at the Russian Interior Ministry, Spanish telecommunications giant Telef√≥nica and Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), where hospitals were hobbled and medical procedures interrupted.

Europe, Latin America and parts of Asia were hit particularly hard, although in the United States, FedEx also reported falling prey to the malware. The attack was the latest in a growing menace of “ransomware,” in which hackers deliver files to computers that automatically encrypt their data, making it unusable — until a ransom is paid.

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An NSA Linked Malware Tool Is Shutting Down Thousands Of Computer Networks Worldwide -- News Updates May 13, 2017

Hackers Hit Dozens of Countries Exploiting Stolen N.S.A. Tool -- New York Times
Dozens of countries hit by huge cyberextortion attack -- AP
Global cyber attack slows but experts see risk of fresh strikes -- Reuters
Hunt the hackers: Gang behind 'unprecedented' attack using 'atom bomb of malware' which has now spread to 130,000 systems in more than 100 countries are targeted by global task force -- Daily Mail
Ninety-nine countries are hit by 75,000 attacks using NSA superweapon dubbed the 'atom bomb of malware' stolen by mysterious hacking collective called 'The Shadow Brokers' -- Daily Mail
World reels from massive cyberattack that hit nearly 100 countries -- CNN
Cyber-attack: Europol says it was unprecedented in scale -- BBC
Ransomware Attacks Ravage Computer Networks In Dozens Of Countries -- NPR
Ransomware hack hits up to 100 countries, cripples British health care system and targets Russian Interior Ministry -- NYDaily News
Microsoft updates security tools to fight ransomware attack -- The Hill
Microsoft releases urgent OS patch in wake of #WannaCry ransomware blitz -- RT
An NSA-derived ransomware worm is shutting down computers worldwide -- Ars Technica
The Ransomware Meltdown Experts Warned About Is Here -- WIRED
Leaked NSA Malware Is Helping Hijack Computers Around the World -- The Intercept
The ransomware outbreak that's sweeping the internet, explained -- VOX
WannaCry: What is ransomware and how to avoid it -- Al Jazeera
How One Simple Trick Just Put Out That Huge Ransomware Fire -- Forbes
How To Remove / Fix WannaCry Ransomware After The Cyberattack -- Value Walk
Global cyber attack: A look at some prominent victims -- Straits Times/Agencies

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