White House: No U.S. Federal Systems Hit By WannaCry Ransomware

A massive ransomware offensive that raged across 150 countries has not hit any U.S. federal agencies or critical infrastructure such as energy plants and airports, President Donald Trump’s top homeland security adviser said Monday.

The campaign has struck more than 300,000 machines globally, Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said during a White House news conference Monday. The attack relies on a computer vulnerability that may have been initially discovered by the National Security Agency and used to spy on adversaries.

The unknown attackers are using one of three variants of a computer bug known as “WannaCry” or “WannaCrypt” that exploits a vulnerability in the Windows operating system to lock and encrypt a victim’s computers until the victim pays a ransom to unlock them…. continue reading

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