Stolen NSA spy weapon used in global 'ransomware' attacks

Cyber criminals have exploited spy tools stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA) to launch a massive “ransomware” attack in nearly 100 countries around the world, security researchers say.

In mid-April, an arsenal of powerful hacking tools apparently designed by the NSA was leaked by an entity known only as the “Shadow Brokers,” sparking concerns that hackers might use the cyber weapons against the general public.

That has become reality nearly a month later as tens of thousands of computers around the world have become crippled by an unknown hacking group demanding ransom.

The malicious malware called “WannaCry” locks down all the files on an infected computer and asks the administrator to pay $300 to $600 in order to restore access.

Researchers with security software maker Avast said they had tracked 75,000 cases of ransomware infections in 99 countries, with Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan being the top targets.

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