Microsoft has released fixes for the affected version of Windows after the NSA uncovered the long-running vulnerability. However, these attacks are often successful because local authorities are more reluctant to upgrade. Not only do cities use a mix of software and configurations that make upgrading difficult, but they may also be reluctant to patch or update their software due to compatibility issues and tight budgets.
Unfortunately, the NSA is unlikely to help. Although Microsoft has closed the vulnerability after the release of EternalBlue in 201
Irrespective of their involvement, incidents such as Baltimores point to a problem with the NSA and other intelligence agencies hoarding exploits. The exercise will only work as long as the officers have complete control over vulnerabilities and the appropriate hacking tools. When data comes out for one of them, they give criminals and foreign spies an advantage over an unprepared public. And if these exploits rarely discriminate between countries, they can cause great damage in their own country.