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Hackers reportedly launched a cyberattack on Baltimore with a leaked NSA tool

Hackers reportedly launched a cyberattack on Baltimore with a leaked NSA tool
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Hackers are reportedly using a tool leaked from the National Security Agency in a cyberattack that has plagued the city of Baltimore since May 7.




The New York Times reported that the tool, called EternalBlue, has affected residents' access to "real estate sales, water bills, health alerts," and other city services.




The tool has also been used in other major cyber attacks, including WannaCry in May 2017, as well as the June 2017 NotPetya attacks against Ukranian banks and official systems.




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A tool leaked from the National Security Agency has reportedly been at the center of a ransomware attack that has shut down some online systems for the entire city of Baltimore.
Since May 7th, Baltimore has been plagued by cyberattacks caused by a tool called EternalBlue that has "frozen thousands of computers, shut down email," and targeted residents' access to services including "real estate sales, water bills, health alerts," according to The New York Times.
City officials have so far refused to pay a ransom demand, and some alternatives have popped up to aid residents and city officials in the meantime, including a city-specific Gmail.
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