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

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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 to inadvertently activate WannaCry's kill-switch, and in the process, helped stopped it from infecting even more machines. By the time the dust settled, it's believed that WannaCry infected more than 300,000 computers across more than 150 different countries.

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Yoni Heisler

May 30th

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U.S. Government Fears a Monday Explosion of the Ransomware Plague It Helped Create

As a second wave of the WannaCry Ransomware attack is infecting more systems in more countries, the White House has ordered emergency meetings to deal with a threat that is, in part, the NSA’s fault. Experts believe that we may not even know the extent of how hard the attack hit Asia, and we won’t know until Monday.

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Rhett Jones

May 14th

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Hackers Behind Massive Ransomware Attack Have Made an Embarrassingly Small Amount of Money

The WannaCry ransomware attack that spread around the globe yesterday caused chaos at hospitals, manufacturing shutdowns, headaches for Microsoft, and overtime for cybersecurity professionals. But the hackers responsible for this absurd attack have made relatively little in the way of profits.

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Rhett Jones

May 13th

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

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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 of intelligence professionals — is in serious jeopardy. 

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Mike Wehner

March 2nd

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

Did Russia Hack the Election?

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 against the DNC and cyber attacks against the Ukrainian army, a new report reveals the actual reason why the NSA knows whenever Russia hacks the US. And yes, it’s as scary as you'd expect it to be.

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Chris Smith

December 30th

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How a smartphone backdoor can be used to spy on absolutely everything you do

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You’ll have no idea that someone out there is spying on you if it happens, especially if it's one of several government agencies that have sophisticated digital tools at their disposal. The key to everything we do is buried in that portable computer we carry around all day long. The smartphone collects a treasure trove of information about a user, regardless of operating system, and some of that information could be easily accessible to hackers who know their way around a mobile operating system.

A few days ago, a film student who had his iPhone stolen at some point decided to get revenge. He staged a second theft, but the new device was an Android-powered handset preloaded with spyware that could collect everything the thief would do.

That video went viral on YouTube, showing the world what can be done with simple spyware tools. With a little knowledge, you can turn a smartphone into a powerful spying tool and most users wouldn't even know it’s happening.

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Chris Smith

December 20th

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Leaked list reveals victims of NSA hacking around the world

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Spy agencies like the NSA hack various targets on a regular basis, and they’ve probably been doing it ever since the world got online. However, these secret operations have often made the news in recent years, especially following the Snowden leaks that revealed the mass spying operations and sophisticated digital tools that the NSA and its partners used to collect data in bulk. A new leak now reveals a list of web addresses that were compromised by the NSA over a period of ten years. Those addresses may have been used and could be still used, for certain spying operations. So if your organization has ever come in contact with these sites, then you may have been a target as well.

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Chris Smith

November 2nd

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NSA contractor to be charged with espionage after making off with 50 TB of data

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Late on Thursday, federal prosecutors signaled their intention to charge former NSA contractor Harold T. Martin with violating The Espionage Act after authorities discovered that he took upwards of 50 TB of classified data from the NSA to his home. While the precise details regarding the stolen data remain murky, the New York Times a few weeks ago claimed that it may have included "highly classified computer codes developed to hack into the networks of foreign governments” like China, North Korea and Iran.

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Yoni Heisler

October 22nd

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NSA hacking tools were likely stolen after an operative accidentally left them on a computer

NSA Hacking Tools
Though the NSA would prefer to fly underneath the radar, the controversial intelligence agency just can't seem to escape the spotlight in recent months. A few weeks ago, a group of hackers allegedly stole an impressively large number of NSA hacking tools and exploits and put them up for sale. Upon close inspection, a number of security experts went on record and confirmed that the leaked exploits were, in fact, from the NSA's vast toolkit. When word of the leak broke, some in the intelligence community initially feared that they were facing another Edward Snowden situation. As it turns out, it now appears that the leaked exploits were probably the result of human error. Embarrassingly, an investigation into the matter has revealed that a NSA operative may have inadvertently left the hacking tools in question on a remote computer, effectively leaving it behind as a gift to whomever discovered it.

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Yoni Heisler

September 23rd

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Can you solve these brain teasers written by the NSA’s top mathematicians?

NSA Mathematicians
When one thinks of institutions and places that house some of the brightest mathematical minds on the planet, one tends to think of companies like Google and academic institutions like MIT and Cal Tech. But flying somewhat underneath the radar is the National Security Agency (NSA), the famed intelligence agency that was unwittingly thrust into the spotlight following Edward Snowden's massive leak of classified NSA material. The NSA likely houses the largest group of world-class cryptographers and mathematicians than any other place in the world. Suffice it to say, if you're mathematically inclined and want to make it at the NSA, you don't just need to be good at math, you need to uniquely excel at it.

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Yoni Heisler

August 22nd

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