NSA Exploits For Sale on the Dark Web

nsa-hackedThis is not a new story, and I decided not to write about it when this “sale” of pilfered NSA hacking tools was offered last August by a group identified as the Shadow Brokers.  But this story has taken an amusing turn, so I have included it in a Tuesday post.

The stolen trove of NSA goodies was originally offered as a winner takes all style bid to the first person willing to pony up 1 million Bitcoins, or $500 million dollars..  The auction was interesting from the standpoint that the losers would also being ponying up their bid amounts, too.

Perhaps this is the reason that there have been virtually no takers.  Since announced in August, the bid stands at $1.76 Bitcoins or $1082.

Or maybe there is some doubt about the veracity of the offer and the quality of the tools.  It does appear from investigations that the tools may be legit and were sourced from an abandoned staging server of an NSA contractor the Equation Group.

For some additional information about this sale, check out Naked Security and Motherboard.


About the Author:

Cybersecurity guru to business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area. Computer security and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. In 2013 I completed a course of study and certification exam to become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). In 2016 I was certified as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of computer security, network security, and web site security. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. The views expressed on this Web site are mine alone and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer.

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