A hacking group called the Shadow Brokers have claimed to have hacked the National Security Agency’s Equation Group and are auctioning off what they claim to be a small but dangerious set of Equation Group’s cyberweapons to the highest bidder.
The bidding for the potential cyberweapons has officially begun considerably lower than the asking price. The Shadow Broker’s Bitcoin address shows a kick-off bid of 0.0355 BTC, equivalent to less than $20.
The Shadow Broker website claims. “We find Equation Group source range. We hack Equation Group. We find many many Equation Group cyber weapons. You see pictures. We give you some Equation Group files free, you see. This is good proof no? You enjoy!!! You break many things. You find many intrusions. You write many words. But not all, we are auction the best files.”
It looked a bit silly, but cybersecurity experts think it could be the real and that the auctioned data might be stolen straight from the NSA.
Matt Suiche, founder of UAE-based cybersecurity startup Comae Technologies said that while he had not tested the exploits they appear real.
Apparently Washington is all a buzz thinking that those responsible for the hack might be Tsar Putin’s hacker team who also took down the Democrat servers to help Donald Trump to win the election. We would have thought though that the NSA’s hacker tools would be more useful to the Russians if only it knew about them.