CyberSecurity Headlines: The NSA got Hacked (Again!)
In the ever-changing landscape of CyberSecurity, it’s hard to keep up sometimes. Luckily, we’re here to keep you in the loop with all the current white-hat, grey-hat and black-hat hacker news of the day. Today, I sit down with Dennis Skarr to discuss the recent NSA hack and it’s implications. Peep the video below and don’t forget to let us know what you think!
The NSA got hacked (Again!) Recap:
- The Office of Tailored Access Operations (TAO) is a cyber-warfare intelligence-gathering unit of the National Security Agency (NSA). It has been active since at least circa 1998.
- TAO identifies, monitors, infiltrates, and gathers intelligence on computer systems being used by entities foreign to the United States
- Shadow Broker’s lack of misspellings mixed with some strange combinations of grammatical errors “leads to the conclusion that the author is most likely a native speaker of US English who is attempting to sound like a non-native speaker by inserting a variety of random grammatical errors,”
- Sensitive NSA information is usually stored on air-gapped networks–networks not connected to the Internet. Such measures might be unnecessary, though, if a NSA operative slipped up and saved sensitive information on an Internet-accessible staging server.
- Kaspersky researchers have documented 500 infections by Equation Group in at least 42 countries, with Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Syria, and Mali topping the list.
- Equation Group is probably the most sophisticated computer attack group in the world, with technical skill and resources that rival the groups that developed Stuxnet and the Flame espionage malware.
- In a post written in broken English, the Shadow Brokers offered to sell a complete trove of tools to the highest bidder. The group said if it is paid one million bitcoin, valued at roughly $568 million, it will release the tools publicly.