Can Law Firms Sue NSA for Data Breaches? Lawyers Say Good Luck

Cogan Schneier reports:

Hackers may have used NSA tools to execute this week’s global cyberattack, but lawyers say it would be nearly impossible for the victims, which include law firms, to sue the agency.

The attack, which crippled operations at DLA Piper offices in Europe and across the United States, had something in common with the massive “WannaCry” attack that plagued companies and organizations last month. It appears hackers in both instances executed the attacks by exploiting flaws in Microsoft software originally exposed when tools used by the National Security Agency were hacked and dumped online. In a blog post last month, Microsoft said the leaks illustrate why “stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem.”

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