Fearing Shadow Brokers leak, NSA reported critical flaw to Microsoft

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WaPo confirms long-held suspicions as NSA cyberweapons crisis threatens to grow worse.

After learning that one of its most prized hacking tools was stolen by a mysterious group calling itself the Shadow Brokers, National Security Agency officials warned Microsoft of the critical Windows vulnerability the tool exploited, according to a report published Tuesday by The Washington Post. The private disclosure led to a patch that was issued in March.

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