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Hackers are demanding money to unlock computers in multiple countries following a massive ransom-wear attack. England is particularly hard hit.

LONDON — Hackers exploiting data stolen from the United States government conducted extensive cyberattacks on Friday that hit dozens of countries around the world, severely disrupting Britain’s public health system and wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers elsewhere.

Hospitals in Britain appeared to be the most severely affected by the attacks, which aimed to blackmail computer users by seizing their data. The attacks blocked doctors’ access to patient files and forced emergency rooms to divert people seeking urgent care.

Corporate computer systems in many other countries — including FedEx of the United States, one of the world’s leading international shippers — were among those affected.

The kicker is that the malicious software used was developed by the NSA in America – to protect us and such. Just as similar hacking tools from the CIA were recently made public, so the NSA has a hard time keeping track of its cyber weapons. Way to go, government.

In this case, people’s lives are at stake. It sounds like no British NHS patients died but they could have. They were certainly inconvenienced. This is more than a breach of privacy. This is an act of terrorism or of war. It should be treated as such. Perhaps one government can clean up the mess caused by another.

Tracking down the hackers will be very difficult. Still, I imagine it could be done. And it should be. Theresa May should turn MI6 loose with orders to hunt down and eradicate the vermin – in Africa, Russia, Mexico – wherever they’re hiding.

And maybe the Military-Security Complex can do a better job of managing its monsters. That, or just not have them.

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