The NSA’s Leaked Software Continues to Terrorize Computers Around the World

The Background

Less than two months after a coordinated cyberattack hit more than 150 countries, hackers executed another assault yesterday targeting hospitals, government offices and corporations across Europe. Ukraine bore the brunt of the attack, with energy companies, banks, bank machines, gas stations, and supermarkets going dark. The ransomware did make its way to the U.S., but its speed slowed throughout the day and only a few places complained of computer issues. Financial Post

What Else You Need to Know

In addition to public services like hospitals and government offices, some major multinational corporations were hit by the attack. Russia’s Rosneft energy company, shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk, drug company Merck, Mondelez International (owner of brands like Oreo and Nabisco), and global law firm DLA Piper were all affected.

What’s Next?

This hack used the same software as the May attack, a leaked NSA digital lock pick that was leaked by an unidentifiable group called the “Shadowbrokers.” Even though Microsoft issued a security patch, it’s not effective unless 100% of computers use it (and clearly not everyone got the memo). Hopefully, security firms can figure out a way to stop these hackers in their tracks before it happens again.