In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc

Found on New York Times on Monday, 27 May 2019
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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.

The N.S.A. connection to the attacks on American cities has not been previously reported, in part because the agency has refused to discuss or even acknowledge the loss of its cyberweapon, dumped online in April 2017 by a still-unidentified group calling itself the Shadow Brokers.

That is a real life example for all those who think that governments should be allowed to hack systems and create their own secret tools. Or that backdoored encryption keys will never leak.