Leaked NSA Hacking Tool Causing Chaos at Hospitals

Network cables are seen going into a server in an office building in Washington, DC on May 13, 2017.  International investigators hunted on May 13 for those behind an unprecedented cyber-attack that affected systems in dozens of countries, including at banks, hospitals and government agencies, as security experts sought to contain the fallout. The assault, which began Friday and was being described as the biggest-ever cyber ransom attack, struck state agencies and major companies around the world -- from Russian banks and British hospitals to FedEx and European car factories. / AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS        (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

A cyberattack causing chaos for British healthcare and affecting systems in a dozen countries originated with a leaked National Security Agency hacking tool, the New York Times reports. 

The ransomware, which encrypts data so users can't access it, was disseminated through email Friday, infecting computers in Britain, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, and more. 

Britain's healthcare system, including hospitals, doctors' offices, and ambulance companies, was majorly impacted. "We have no idea what drugs people are on or the allergies they have," one doctor tells the BBC. "We can't access the appointments system." Surgeries were disrupted and ambulances were diverted. The ransomware hit telecommunications companies and hospitals elsewhere, as well.

Read the full story on Newser.com

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