Computer hackers assert that they’re selling high-powered hacking tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency.
CNN reports that computer code — whose purpose is to break into other computers — was leaked to the public on Aug. 12 by an anonymous entity called “The Shadow Brokers.”
“The same mysterious entity also promised an upcoming ‘cyber weapons auction’ — the digital equivalent to putting stolen military missiles up for sale.”
CNN reported that the gang asserts that the stolen hacking tools were developed by “the Equation Group” — thought to be the U.S. National Security Agency and spying departments from four international allies: Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Computer security experts worldwide now worry that sensitive NSA spying tools are accessible to common criminal hackers or such Western adversaries as China, North Korea and Russia.
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