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Global Ransomware Attack Takes Down British NHS, Company Networks, More
12 May 2017, 10:56 pm

The British National Health System (NHS) has fallen victim to a massive cyber attack as part of a global action. Hospitals and businesses across the United Kingdom and other countries were affected. 

The attack that took place on Friday has no precedent and it is known to have affected at least 74 countries, including 16 NHS trusts in the United Kingdom, in which case the IT systems that patient safety depend on were compromised as staff were locked out of accessing their computers. 

At fault for this massive infestation is the WannaCry ransomware, which is locking people out of their computers at a rapid pace. 

What's worse is that this particular ransomware is based off a leaked NSA exploit exposed about a month ago by hacker group Shadow Brokers. 

Why is this happening?

The WannaCry attackers are using a Windows exploit that was harvested from the EternalBlue tool of the NSA. Microsoft has already released a patch for this vulnerability, but ... (read more)

Source: Softpedia News / Security

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