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House Lawmakers to Examine WannaCry Ransomware Cyberattack

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By    |   Monday, 12 Jun 2017 03:33 PM

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives will hold a hearing Thursday to examine the WannaCry cyberattack that spread to more than 150 countries in May, according to The Hill.

The ransomware attack May 12 hit businesses, government entities, and Britain's National Health Service, encrypting files unless users paid $300 to release them. More than 30,000 computers were attacked, according to CNBC.

The attack had less impact in the U.S. Legislators said that was a sign of the government's success in keeping its systems secure, according to The Hill.

The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's site reported that testimony would include Dr. Charles Romine, the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology,

A cybersecurity professor from Carnegie Mellon University and representatives from Kryptos Logic and Symantec will also testify at the hearing, the committee's site reported.

The NIST is a Commerce Department agency that is credited for its security framework, according to The Hill.

A hacking tool stolen from the National Security Agency is believed to be the basis for WannaCry, according to a Microsoft blog post.

Brad Smith, Microsoft's president, wrote in the post that losing control of that tool was like "the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen."

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