Hackers say they’ve breached a hacking group known as the Equation Group, which is widely speculated to be an offshoot of the National Security Agency. The hackers have provided some files including what could be parts of the agency’s surveillance tools, but are demanding millions of dollars in bitcoins for the rest.Here’s part of a message the hackers, going by the name “The Shadow Brokers” posted:
!!! Attention government sponsors of cyber warfare and those who profit from it !!!!
How much you pay for enemies cyber weapons? Not malware you find in networks. Both sides, RAT + LP, full state sponsor tool set? We find cyber weapons made by creators of stuxnet, duqu, flame. Kaspersky calls Equation Group. We follow Equation Group traffic. We find Equation Group source range. We hack Equation Group. We find many many Equation Group cyber weapons. You see pictures. We give you some Equation Group files free, you see. This is good proof no? You enjoy!!! You break many things. You find many intrusions. You write many words. But not all, we are auction the best files.
Kapersky Lab, who blew the lid off Equation Group last year, didn’t explicitly say it was the work of the NSA, but the group’s connections to other high profile hacks and the use of similar codenames that were included in documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden raise serious suspicions.
It’s not clear if the breach is real, who posted it, or why, but some security researchers think the breach may be more than just a hoax. Claudio Guarnieri, who works as a technologist for Amnesty International, says the hack seems credible....MORE
HT: The Next Web