Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core | The New York Times


Millions of people saw their computers shut down by ransomware, with demands for payments in digital currency to have their access restored.

Tens of thousands of employees at Mondelez International, the maker of Oreo cookies, had their data completely wiped. FedEx reported that an attack on a European subsidiary had halted deliveries and cost $300 million.

Hospitals in Pennsylvania, Britain and Indonesia had to turn away patients. The attacks disrupted production at a car plant in France, an oil company in Brazil and a chocolate factory in Tasmania, among thousands of enterprises affected worldwide.

American officials had to explain to close allies — and to business leaders in the United States — how cyberweapons developed at Fort Meade in Maryland came to be used against them.

Experts believe more attacks using the stolen N.S.A. tools are all but certain.

Source: Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core – The New York Times

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