RadioOnFire.com – Maryland Lawmakers are requesting answers from NSA officials after a New York Times report states a leaked NSA cyber tool called “Eternal Blue” was used in the cyber attack on Baltimore City Government computer systems.
Reporters with the New York Times cite unnamed cybersecurity resources who claim Eternal Blue was one of the critical components used by the hackers in the cyber attack.
Eternal Blue was leaked online two years ago, and hackers use the tool to target cities around the world to paralyze their governments, according to the Times.
Baltimore City Council Present Brandon Scott says he has called for Gov. Larry Hogan to seek a federal emergency and disaster declaration as Baltimore is close to entering the third week of the crippling cyber attack.
If declared, a Presidential FEMA declaration would allow the city to be reimbursed for damages, costs and repairs related to the attack through federal funds.
Gov. Larry Hogan responded to the Times article shortly after its release stating that his office is working with city leaders.
“We continue to work closely with city leaders, including leveraging both state and federal resources, to help restore affected systems.”
Scott also called for the creation of a Special City Council Committee on Cybersecurity and Emergency Preparedness to investigate the cyber attack and prevent further incidents in the future.
Tuesday night will mark the third week of the attack that targeted city government computer networks preventing residents from paying bills, purchasing homes and more.
Since the initial attack, manual workarounds have been put in place to allow business to move forward.
There is no set time on when the computer systems will be fully restored.
Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young told WBAL-TV 11 that he believes the actions of the hackers are criminal as people’s lives are at stake.
Young also said that he will not pay the ransom demanded by the hackers.