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Old November 13th, 2017, 01:37 PM   #1
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Scary stuff in the cyber-intel area.

I'm amazed no one has posted this.

Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core


Mr. Williams had written on his company blog about the Shadow Brokers, a mysterious group that had somehow obtained many of the hacking tools the United States used to spy on other countries. Now the group had replied in an angry screed on Twitter. It identified him — correctly — as a former member of the National Security Agency’s hacking group, Tailored Access Operations, or T.A.O., a job he had not publicly disclosed. Then the Shadow Brokers astonished him by dropping technical details that made clear they knew about highly classified hacking operations that he had conducted.

America’s largest and most secretive intelligence agency had been deeply infiltrated.


The jolt to Mr. Williams from the Shadow Brokers’ riposte was part of a much broader earthquake that has shaken the N.S.A. to its core. Current and former agency officials say the Shadow Brokers disclosures, which began in August 2016, have been catastrophic for the N.S.A., calling into question its ability to protect potent cyberweapons and its very value to national security. The agency regarded as the world’s leader in breaking into adversaries’ computer networks failed to protect its own.

“These leaks have been incredibly damaging to our intelligence and cyber capabilities,” said Leon E. Panetta, the former defense secretary and director of the Central Intelligence Agency. “The fundamental purpose of intelligence is to be able to effectively penetrate our adversaries in order to gather vital intelligence. By its very nature, that only works if secrecy is maintained and our codes are protected.”


Mr. Snowden’s cascade of disclosures to journalists and his defiant public stance drew far more media coverage than this new breach. But Mr. Snowden released code words, while the Shadow Brokers have released the actual code; if he shared what might be described as battle plans, they have loosed the weapons themselves. Created at huge expense to American taxpayers, those cyberweapons have now been picked up by hackers from North Korea to Russia and shot back at the United States and its allies.

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Old November 13th, 2017, 04:19 PM   #2
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I'm amazed no one has posted this.

Lot's more in the link. This is really scary.

Russians or people sympathetic with them, but I think it's Russians.

One way to spot a Russian using English is the absence of articles, a, an, and the. They figured that out, but, they now overuse it and misuse it.

It's truly f**ked up.

All the poor Russia lovers, who keep saying why can't we just be friends with Russia? The answer is simple.

The Russians - Putin - doesn't want to be our friend.
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