Hackers Claim to Sell NSA Cyber-Weapons in Online Auction

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
By Paul Martin


A hacking group, which goes by the name Shadow Brokers, offered stolen surveillance weapons in an online auction. Hackers said that these weapons were used by the United States National Security Agency (NSA).

According to Shadow Brokers, spy tools were made by Equation Group, which many experts consider to be part of the NSA. To arouse interest in the auction, the hacker grouping claimed that these cyber-weapons may break into firewall software designed by companies such as Cisco Systems Inc and Fortinet Inc.

However, the companies and NSA did not respond to this provocation.

In addition, Shadow Brokers announced that the weapons will be “better than Stuxnet,” a malicious computer worm which caused serious damage to Iran’s nuclear program, Reuters reported.

Experts believe that these weapons are too old and cannot cause any major damage.

“The data [released so far] appears to be relatively old; some of the programs have already been known for years,” researcher Claudio Guarnieri told Reuters. “[These programs are unlikely] to cause any significant operational damage.”

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