Cybersecurity experts said the malicious software works by
exploiting a flaw in Microsoft software that was described in NSA
documents stolen from the agency and leaked publicly in April by a
criminal group called Shadow Brokers.
Microsoft released a “critical” patch fixing the flaw in March,
before the NSA documents were publicly released, but the patch was
apparently applied inconsistently, with many computers continuing
to be unprotected. The malicious software — called “ransomware”
because it encrypts systems and threatens to destroy data if a
ransom is not paid — is spreading among computers that have not
been patched, experts said.
The NSA did not respond to requests for comment.
Remember last year when a whole bunch of people wanted Apple to create a special version of iOS for the U.S. government, under the promise that it would never escape their safe hands and get into the wild? Like this ignoramus, who was then campaigning for president.