Edward Snowden Explains The Historic NSA Hack: “This Escalation Could Get Messy Fast”

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Aug 16, 2016

Yesterday we reported that in a historic first, an unknown group of hackers, the “Shadow Brokers” had hacked the NSA’s cuberattack hacking division, “The Equation Group.” Many were wondering what are the strategic implications of this dramatic escalation, which took place just as the US was accusing Russia of virtually every other recent prominent hacking, and whether it suggested something bigger was taking place behind the scenes.

Today, the most famous NSA (ex) employee, Edward Snowden, chimed in on this topic in a tweetstorm in which he tries to explain who did it:

Circumstantial evidence and conventional wisdom indicates Russian responsibility. I suspect this is more diplomacy than intelligence, related to the escalation around the DNC hack
… why they did it:

This leak is likely a warning that someone can prove US responsibility for any attacks that originated from this malware server.
… and the consequences:

That could have significant foreign policy consequences. Particularly if any of those operations targeted US allies. Particularly if any of those operations targeted elections. Accordingly, this may be an effort to influence the calculus of decision-makers wondering how sharply to respond to the DNC hacks.

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