Hackers Stole “Cyber Weapons” from NSAAdded: Thursday, August 18th, 2016
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A hacking group called the Shadow Brokers claimed that they managed to infiltrate an elite hacking unit linked to the NSA and steal some state “cyber weapons”. Now the group is auctioning them off to the highest bidder.
Reportedly, the stolen malware belongs to Equation Group, a sophisticated hacking team allegedly operated by the National Security Agency. Despite the fact that the intruders have only released a few taster files and images of the cache, they appear to be genuine.
Shadow Brokers announced the leak in broken English on Twitter, Tumblr, Pastebin and Github, claiming that they were in possession of state-sponsored “cyber weapons” and are going to auction best files to highest bidder. The hackers also hinted that auction files are better than Stuxnet. Shadow Brokers are asking for 1 million Bitcoins, ($580m) to release the best files, which they will clearly never get.
Security researchers noted that the files and pictures of the cache posted as “proof” included filenames that matched those mentioned in the documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The cache also contained a range of hacking tools used for penetrating network gear including routers and firewalls created by major tech manufacturers like Cisco and Juniper. Snowden himself suggests that it is a Russian-originated attack designed to expose evidence of NSA cyber warfare activities.
Kaspersky Lab, which first exposed Equation Group’s cyber-espionage last year, has published a detailed post admitting a strong connection between the files found in the leak and their earlier findings about the hacking group. The security experts have found encryption algorithms among more than 300 files in the leaked cache used in a way that has only been seen before in Equation Group malware.
If true, it would be a nightmare for the NSA. At the same time, some industry observers have pointed out that it doesn’t necessarily mean the National Security Agency has been hacked directly – it is more likely that the data leaked from a compromised system outside the NSA’s networks.
Although Shadow Brokers never exposed their attachment to any other leaks and groups, some security researchers believe that it could be retaliation in the wake of the DNC hack, which Hillary Clinton has publicly attributed to Russian state-sponsored hackers.
Thursday, August 18th, 2016
|release it all for free and let the cards fall as they will|
|posted by (2016-08-21 17:12:20)|
|They mail people the malware(spyware mostly)every day. It's called windows 8 & 10.|
|Windows 10 is safe, you sir are a noob. In relation to the malware I say hand that stuff out; if everyone has free access you wouldnt see them making such a fuss.|
|"Windows is safe", that's funny.||
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