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.


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Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Serving small business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area since 2001. Cybersecurity and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. I hold several cybersecurity certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Advanced Security Pratitioner (CASP), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Other computer industry certifications include A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of security on their computers, networks, and websites. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. 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. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. I am a frequent speakers at cybersecurity conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference, the (ISC)2 World Congress, and the ISSA International Conference, and many local community organizations, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2008.

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