Politicians representing a US city struck by a ransomware attack are asking questions of the National Security Agency after claims it helped make the breach possible.
The New York Times reported on Saturday that a hacking vulnerability known as EternalBlue has been exploited to blackmail Baltimore’s local government.
The NSA discovered the flaw, but the paper claims that its cyber-spies kept the discovery secret for years.
The NSA declined to comment.
But the report has particular resonance as the organisation is headquartered at Fort Meade, Maryland, which is a short drive from Baltimore.
“We don’t have anything for you on this,” an NSA spokesman told the BBC.
The EternalBlue flaw has been implicated in a range of cyber-attacks over the past three years, including the WannaCry assault that disrupted the UK’s NHS.
It involves a bug in old versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system that allows other malicious code to be run on infected computers.
The NSA reportedly created a tool to do this, which it also called EternalBlue.
Source: BBC News