Baltimore has battled the effects of a ransomware attack that started May 7 and now it seems that a familiar culprit, the National Security Agency (NSA) EternalBlue tool, known to exploit some versions of Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, is behind the city’s misery, which has included a shutdown of many vital systems and services.
Although Microsoft released a patch for the vulnerability just one day after The Shadowbrokers hacking group published it in April 2017, EternalBlue has wreaked havoc through devastating cyberattacks such as WannaCry and NotPetya in 2017.
“The government has refused to take responsibility, or even to answer the most basic questions,” the New York Times, which first reported the EternalBlue connection, quoted Johns Hopkins University cybersecurity expert Thomas Rid as saying. “Congressional oversight appears to be failing. The American people deserve an answer.”
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