NSA: Baltimore had 2 years to prepare for ransomeware attack with our leaked exploit tool

NSA: Baltimore had 2 years to prepare for ransomeware attack with our leaked exploit tool
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[Ed. – Which is true, but probably doesn’t make hard-hit Baltimore feel any better.  The real question is who’s leaking cyber tools from NSA (for that matter, why?), and what’s being done about it.]

It’s unreasonable to get mad at someone for spoiling a movie that came out more than two years ago, and a National Security Agency official thinks the same logic should apply to cybersecurity exploits.

Rob Joyce, the NSA’s top cyber policy adviser, on Thursday rebuffed blame after one of the agency’s cyber weapons was used to hold Baltimore’s computer networks for ransom, arguing the attack would’ve been avoided if the city was more proactive with its digital hygiene. …

On May 7, hackers reportedly used an NSA tool called EternalBlue to freeze thousands of the Baltimore government’s computers. The attack shut down email and disrupted numerous government services, and it could ultimately cost the city more than $18 million to recover.

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