Hacking tool leak came from “omnipotent” NSA-tied group

Hacking tool leak came from “omnipotent” NSA-tied group
By Dan Goodin

The leak over the weekend of advanced hacking tools contains digital signatures that are almost identical to software used by the state-sponsored Equation Group, according to a just-published report from security firm Kaspersky Lab.

“While we cannot surmise the attacker’s identity or motivation nor where or how this pilfered trove came to be, we can state that several hundred tools from the leak share a strong connection with our previous findings from the Equation group,” Kaspersky researchers wrote in a blog post published Tuesday afternoon.

The finding is significant because it lends credibility to claims made by a mysterious group calling itself Shadow Brokers. When members of the previously unknown group claimed in a blog post that they hacked Equation Group and obtained never-before-seen exploits and implants it used, outsiders were understandably skeptical. The publication of state-sponsored hacking tools is an extremely rare if not unprecedented event that is sure to catch the attention of leaders all over the world.

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August 17, 2016 at 09:10AM
via Ars Technica UK http://ift.tt/2bhH8qK

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