NSA spying tools 'hacked' by Shadow Brokers2016-08-17 14:41 by Daniela
Tags: NSA, hackers
A hacker group, called Shadow Brokers claims to have hacked the NSA and has revealed some of the most powerful espionage tools created by the National Security Agency's elite group of hackers - Tailored Access Operations (TAO).
This could pose severe consequences for the spy agency's operations and the security of government and corporate computers.
"Without a doubt, they're the keys to the kingdom," said a former TAO employee. "The stuff you're talking about would undermine the security of a lot of major government and corporate networks both here and abroad."
The revealed information included installation files and descriptions of networks used for a number of different hacking tools. The Shadow Brokers claimed they would release all the files in exchange for 1 million bitcoins (about $560 million).
The whistleblower Edward Snowden believes Russia is behind the leak.
"This leak is likely a warning that someone can prove U.S. responsibility for any attacks that originated from this malware server," Snowden said. "That could have significant foreign policy consequences. Particularly if any of those operations targeted U.S. allies."
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