Hackers use tools stolen from NSA in global cyber attack
Saturday 13/May/2017 - 06:55 PM
Hackers used cyberweapons stolen from the US National Security Agency to strike organisations across the globe on Friday، from the UK’s National Health Service to European telecoms company Telefónica and FedEx of the US، the Financial Times has learnt، according to the Financial Times.
A tool known as Eternal Blue developed by US spies was used by the hackers to supercharge an existing form of criminal malware، three senior cyber security analysts said، leading to one of the fastest-spreading and potentially damaging cyber attacks seen to date.
Their analysis was confirmed by western security officials who were scrambling to contain an attack that initially hit hospitals and doctors’ practices across the UK. The same or similar virus was used in a large-scale attack in Spain that hit Telefónica، the country’s main telecoms provider.
As the attack spread، FedEx، the US delivery services company، said it was “experiencing interference with some of our Windows-based systems caused by malware.” The Russian interior ministry confirmed that 1،000 of its computers had been affected، about 0.1 per cent of the total، but said its servers were not harmed.
The People’s Daily in China tweeted that similar attacks may have hit China and there were reports of similar attacks in dozens of other countries، including Portugal، Taiwan، Germany and Vietnam. MegaFon، one of Russia’s largest telecoms operators، confirmed it had been hacked.