Skip to comments.In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc
Posted on 05/27/2019 10:27:25 AM PDT by Leaning Right
For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services.
Since 2017, when the N.S.A. lost control of the tool, EternalBlue, it has been picked up by state hackers in North Korea, Russia and, more recently, China, to cut a path of destruction around the world, leaving billions of dollars in damage.
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CIA and/or FBI did this, to discredit the NSA.
Timing is a little *too* convenient.
FIre Dan Coats.
Jeez, one would think some people would lose their jobs over this.
Wishful thinking, I know.
Just turn it all off and let’s go back to the Dark Ages. I could probably get the house painted then.
Spoiler: Nobody’s quite sure what happened.
I am betting obama and the clintons are involved. After all they sold our uranium to our enemies.
Time to go back to paper. The world is not moral and just enough to use high tech. Our excursion into high tech for a better brighter future is being turned into a darkness that will be used to enslave the world. Humans simply destroy anything good.
> I am betting obama and the clintons are involved. After all they sold our uranium to our enemies. <
My bet: An NSA technician who was born abroad decided to do something “patriotic” for the old country.
At the top of my list: China
Probably links on Hilary’s private server.
I seriously doubt that Im the only one that knows that most likely Snowden sold it. I fell for the early hype too but hes no hero. If they don’t mean how as to the technique well Im pretty sure it wasn’t craigslist.
Someone on another thread mentioned Trump’s visit to Japan and how he didn’t look too happy. This might be one of the topics up for discussion...
Backup backup backup and test restore.
If you dont have three backups, have verified that you can properly restore... you are doing it wrong!
“...one would think some people would lose their jobs over this”
Well there’s the storied New Coke example, that the person who created the New Coke and the advertising and the rollout etc... was called to the boss’s office after the New Coke rollout failed miserably.
Expecting to be fired the executive of the New Coke program approach the CEO and said “well I guess you’re going to fire me now” and the CEO replied “what makes you think that? I wouldn’t fire you, you’re the most experienced person I have.”
Sometimes abysmal failure adds quire a lot to the experience level, much more than bringing in somebody new who hasn’t been properly punched in the guts.
“Time to go back to paper”
About a year or so ago I read that the KGB (or whatever they call them themselves these days) had gone back to typewriters at headquarters. Smart move, all things considered.
Call the Banks and all creditors. Have them mail all bills if you becoming insufferably hacked.
> Sometimes abysmal failure adds quire a lot to the experience level <
Lee Iacocca of Chrysler fame felt the same way. He said he liked to hire folks who had failed hugely in the past. He said that the failures gave those folks a valuable perspective.
I’d hesitate applying that principle to ultra-sensitive things like national security. But who knows?
No matter how secure software is, someone will leak the password or hack it.
[Backup backup backup and test restore.]
Don’t tell that to the yokels I worked for years ago.
3 weeks (3 weeks) of backups for the AS/400.
LAN? Ha...peer-to-peer through a router.
Backups? Ha! None.
Antivirus software? Ha! None.
Admin set on PC’s to stop outside software from running? Ha! None.
TWO ransomware viruses in about 5 weeks.
Gee, what a shock. Not.
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