More than 45 thousand cyber attacks targeted 99 countries
On Friday, May 12, 2017, 99 countries attended the 45,000 cyber attacks, including Britain, Russia, Ukraine, India, China, Italy, Spain, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Mexico and Egypt.
Former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden blamed the agency for cyber attacks that hit a number of countries with malicious software.
The Russian Interior Ministry announced Friday evening that its computers were attacked by a virus,
British Prime Minister Teresa Mae said yesterday evening that cyber attacks targeted public health and dozens of hospitals in Britain.
Snoden said the malicious program on which pirates relied on the attack was available on the Internet on April 14 through a group of piracy, calling itself “Shadow Brokers,” which last year claimed to have captured “electronic weapons” from the US National Security Agency .
The malicious program used in the attacks closes the files of users, forcing them to pay ransom money for re-opening, and many security experts have concluded that these tools exploited a vulnerability discovered and developed by the US National Security Agency.
US authorities have warned of a wave of simultaneous attacks, appealing to their victims not to pay money to pirates.