MONDAY morning is shaping up to be all about security, as The New York Times has social media buzzing with a headline that spells trouble: “Mysterious Group Steals Powerful Hacking Weapons, Putting World in Danger.”
The Times underscores the scary title with this: “A serial leak of the agency’s cyberweapons has damaged morale, slowed intelligence operations and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide.”
The article explores the unsolved, massive theft and leaks from the National Security Agency (NSA).
The Times highlights a hacking group that has tagged itself the “Shadow Brokers.” The cyber-thieves obtained many of the hacking tools the United States used to spy on other countries.
According to The Times, the damage caused by the Shadow Brokers is worse to American intelligence than what was caused in 2013 by Edward Snowden.
The Times writes: “America’s largest and most secretive intelligence agency had been deeply infiltrated.” It continues, “Fifteen months into a wide-ranging investigation by the agency’s counterintelligence arm, known as Q Group, and the F.B.I., officials still do not know whether the N.S.A. is the victim of a brilliantly executed hack, with Russia as the most likely perpetrator, an insider’s leak, or both. Three employees have been arrested since 2015 for taking classified files, but there is fear that one or more leakers may still be in place. And there is broad agreement that the damage from the Shadow Brokers already far exceeds the harm to American intelligence done by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor who fled with four laptops of classified material in 2013.”
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