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China vs. USA

NYT: Chinese hackers detected and repurposed NSA malware for attacks

May 7th, 2019

An unidentified group of hackers that are referred to as Shadow Brokers posted several NSA hacking tools online in 2016 and 2017. But a new report reveals that some of the NSA’s malware tools were reversed-engineered long before that by Chinese hackers who then used them in cyberattacks targeting other countries.

NSA phone surveillance

The NSA now thinks the phone surveillance program it once defended isn’t worth it anymore

April 24th, 2019

The National Security Agency appears to have done a complete about-face over the controversial electronic spying program that whistleblower Edward Snowden brought to light almost six years ago now, involving the bulk collection of metadata related to Americans’ phone calls and text messages. The NSA once defended the program — which was secretly launched during …

Russian hacking the NSA: Kaspersky

Russian government hackers stole the NSA cyber defense plan, report claims

October 5th, 2017

Hackers working for the Russian government stole NSA plans and documents on cyber defense off a contractor’s personal computer, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The article quotes sources familiar with the matter, who say that a contractor removed “highly classified material” from the NSA’s network and put it on his home computer. …

Shadow Brokers

New report helps shed light on who the Shadow Brokers might be

May 30th, 2017

Earlier this month, a piece of ransomeware known as WannaCry began spreading quickly across the globe and promptly commanded the world’s attention. Once WannaCry took hold of a machine, it encrypted all of a user’s files and demanded a payment of $300 in Bitcoin in order to retrieve them. Thankfully, an enterprising security researcher managed …

WannaCry Windows Virus North Korea

WannaCry ransomware may have been concocted in North Korea

May 16th, 2017

Well, isn’t this ironic? The NSA-derived Windows malware that shook the world over the weekend may be a North Korean creation, new revelations show. That’s right, the vulnerability that someone stole from the NSA may have been used to create a highly viral Windows virus that affected more than 300,000 computer systems in over 150 …

New variants of the NSA-derived cyberattack already spotted

May 15th, 2017

The world is facing the most dangerous cyberattack it ever had to deal with so far, and it’s an attack that it can’t be stopped entirely for the time being. Created by the NSA and set up to take advantage of a Windows security issue, the WannaCry ransomware crippled businesses and state-run organizations around the …

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Trump’s attacks on the NSA are actively harming morale, report claims

March 2nd, 2017

The intelligence community has come under fire from newly sworn-in President Donald Trump for what he perceives to be attacks on his own credibility. Now, with the sound bites piling up and reports of Trump refusing intelligence briefings, Reuters reports that the future of the National Security Agency — and, more specifically, the recruitment and retaining …

Did Russia Hack the Election?

The scary reason the NSA knows when Russia hacks the US, without any doubt

December 29th, 2016

American intelligence agencies have lined up their stories and currently agree that Putin’s Russia is responsible for the DNC hack. President-elect Donald Trump might dispute that, especially when such reports also suggest that Russia’s intentions were to help him win the presidential election. After a security company proved there’s a link between the malware used …