NSA officials worried about the day its potent hacking tool would get loose. Then it did. - The Washington Post


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When the National Security Agency began using a new hacking tool called EternalBlue, those entrusted with deploying it marveled at both its uncommon power and the widespread havoc it could wreak if it ever got loose. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago by letphilsing55
The consequences of the NSA’s decision to keep the flaw secret, combined with its failure to keep the tool secure, became clear Friday when reports began spreading of a massive cyberattack in which the WannaCry software encrypted data on hundreds of thousands of computers and demanded a ransom to decrypt it.
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When the National Security Agency began using a new hacking tool called EternalBlue, those entrusted with deploying it marveled at both its uncommon power and…
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5 weeks ago by timwburch
RT : [[[MUST READ]]] NSA officials worried about the day its potent hacking tool would get loose. Then it did.
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5 weeks ago by gaelicWizard
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5 weeks ago by johnrclark
When the National Security Agency began using a new hacking tool called EternalBlue, those entrusted with deploying it marveled at both its uncommon power and the widespread havoc it could wreak if it ever got loose. Some officials even discussed whether the flaw was so dangerous they should reveal it to Microsoft, the company whose software the government was exploiting, according to former NSA employees who spoke on the condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the issue. But for more than five years, the NSA kept using it — through a time period that has seen several serious security breaches — and now the officials’ worst fears have been realized. The malicious code at the heart of the WannaCry virus that hit computer systems globally late last week was apparently stolen from the NSA, repackaged by cybercriminals and unleashed on the world for a cyberattack that now ranks as among the most disruptive in history. The failure to keep EternalBlue out of the hands of criminals and other adversaries casts the NSA’s decisions in a harsh new light, prompting critics to question anew whether the agency can be trusted to develop and protect such potent hacking tools.
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5 weeks ago by kraven
The global backlash to the Snowden revelations added urgency to the government’s efforts to revamp rules on when to report flaws to companies and when to use them for surveillance. Alexander said that about 90 percent of discovered flaws are reported to the companies that make the software.
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5 weeks ago by jasonsamuels
When the National Security Agency began using a new hacking tool called EternalBlue, those entrusted with deploying it marveled at both its uncommon power and the widespread havoc it could wreak if it ever got loose.

The agency eventually warned Microsoft after learning about EternalBlue’s theft, allowing the company to prepare a software patch issued in March. But the Shadow Brokers did not just release the flaw, which would take time and talent to turn into a tool. They released the exploits, which means even a novice hacker could use them to cause damage.
5 weeks ago by hakan
I think the most exciting part of this article is they found a second stock image of the NSA building to use.
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5 weeks ago by emerose
I think the most exciting part of this article is they found a second stock image of the NSA building to use.
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5 weeks ago by peterood
I think the most exciting part of this article is they found a second stock image of the NSA building to use.
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5 weeks ago by joseph
And yet the idea that gov should have master keys to encryption is still a thing
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5 weeks ago by pberry
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5 weeks ago by dabigc
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5 weeks ago by Buffalo_Goku