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NSA found Microsoft software flaw and alerted company - rather than weaponize problem

The NSA's action may help restore the agency's image, which was tarnished after it lost control of a powerful hacking tool it called EternalBlue. Foto: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

The National Security Agency recently discovered a major flaw in Microsoft's Windows operating system - one that could expose computer users to significant breaches, surveillance or disruption - and alerted the company about the problem rather than turning it into a hacking weapon, officials announced Tuesday.

The public disclosure represents a major shift in the NSA's approach, choosing to put computer security ahead of building up its arsenal of hacking tools that allow the agency to spy on adversaries' networks...

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