The Daily Beast: Mystery Hackers Blow Up Secret NSA Hacking Tools in ‘Final F–k You’

Mystery Hackers Blow Up Secret NSA Hacking Tools in ‘Final F–k You’ – The Daily Beast – The Shadow Brokers emerged in August with the announcement that they’d stolen the hacking tools used by a sophisticated computer-intrusion operation known as the Equation Group, and were putting them up for sale to the highest bidder. It was a remarkable claim, because the Equation Group is generally understood to be part of the NSA’s elite Tailored Access Operations program and is virtually never detected, much less penetrated. The Equation Group was, in a sense, the rough equivalent to the Russian “Cozy Bear” crew, now blamed for the DNC hacks. Except the American hackers operated for at least 14 years as virtual ghosts, until 2015 when the Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs gathered enough evidence to prove that they exist. It soon emerged that the Shadow Brokers really had the goods. Released along with the announcement was a huge cache of specialized malware, including dozens of backdoor programs and 10 exploits, two of them targeting previously unknown security holes in Cisco routers—a basic building block of the internet. While Cisco and other companies scrambled for a fix, security experts pored over the Shadow Brokers tranche like it was the Rosetta Stone. “It was the first time, as threat-intelligence professionals, that we’ve had access to what appears to be a relatively complete toolkit of a nation-state attacker,” says Jake Williams, founder of Rendition Infosec. “It was excitement in some circles, dismay in other circles, and panic and a rush to patch if you’re running vulnerable hardware.”

Advertisements
Longreads

The best longform stories on the web

REVOLUTIONS IN MY SPACE: A BLOG BY RITA BANERJI

"In a time of universal deceit, to tell the truth is an act of revolution." ~ George Orwell

parallax

The view from here ... Or here!

Emanzipatorische Antifa Wuppertal

Antiautoritäre, Solidarisch, Antifaschistisch

The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons

organizing resistance at the intersection of mass incarceration and the environment

British prisons: a personal account

“ I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there." Charles Bukowski

Shiraz Socialist

Because there have to be some lefties with a social life

Melbourne Antifascists

Touch One, Touch All

DISACCORDS

An anarchist news blotter following events in Oceania & South East Asia

Maruti Suzuki Workers Union

Inquilab Zindabad! Mazdoor Ekta Zindabad!

In Moscow's Shadows

Analysis and Assessment of Russian Crime and Security

thekooriwoman

Gomeroi. This is MY truth.

Secular Pakistan

No Talibanisation, 'Honour' Killings, Blasphemy Vendetta

Transform Society

A site that educates & inspires souls

Ahona

Mariam Zohra D

My Name is Jamie. My Life in Prison

Letters shared with Sonni Quick

Free Haifa

Reading, Writing and Freedom Arithmetics

A Black Writer in Berlin

The official blog of Phil Lewis, award-winning novelist, essayist, poet, critic, artist and composer