The New York Times has this fascinating piece on how the stolen NSA hacking tools were used by unknowns to penetrate IDT Corporation and steal its data. In the article, IDT's global chief information officer Golan Ben-Oni, warns that the world isn’t ready for cyberattacks of this magnitude.
Both WannaCry and the IDT attack used a hacking tool the agency had code-named EternalBlue. The tool took advantage of unpatched Microsoft servers to automatically spread malware from one server to another, so that within 24 hours North Korea’s hackers had spread their ransomware to more than 200,000 servers around the globe.
The attack on IDT went a step further with another stolen N.S.A. cyberweapon, called DoublePulsar. The N.S.A. used DoublePulsar to penetrate computer systems without tripping security alarms. It allowed N.S.A. spies to inject their tools into the nerve center of a target’s computer system, called the kernel, which manages communications between a computer’s hardware and its software.
|Band of Geeks Play iPhones, Not Instruments|
|Uh Oh. The Robots Are Beginning to Learn|
|Powerful $25 Portable Computer the Size of a USB Key|
|Desktop Computer on a Stick|
|After Dark's Flying Toasters Done in CSS|
|“To create particles with negative mass.”|
|“People are getting rid of their cash.”|
|“How High Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor.”|
|Naked Preacher Lady [NSFW]|
|Pat the Zombie: A Cruel Adult Spoof of 'Pat the Bunny'|
|“The static fire is one of the last major tests prior to the maiden launch.”|
|Knowing how to operate a smartphone does not qualify as being tech savvy.|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|“AI codes its own ‘AI Child’.”|
|“World's first passenger drone.”|
|How to Escape Planet Earth|