Hacker group offers stolen NSA files in bitcoin auction

posted almost 6 years ago
A hacking collective calling itself ‘Shadow Brokers’ claims to have hacked an NSA affiliate and obtained a set of US government spying and surveillance tools – which it is now willing to auction off for at least half a billion dollars in Bitcoin.

Over the weekend the so-called Shadow Brokers collective released “samples” of the files the group said belonged to the Equation Group, which is believed to be a National Security Agency's (NSA) affiliate.

The Equation Group, a collection of hackers, has previously been accused by the Kaspersky Lab of using techniques and tools very similar to those of the NSA.

While the authenticity of the files that were released on August 13 on Github is yet to be confirmed, the Shadow Brokers promised to release the “best files” to the top bidder in a Bitcoin auction. The collective seeks to raise 1,000,000 bitcoins, worth roughly $560 million.
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