In what is an unusual turn of events, a Chinese security firm has revealed details about malware that it says emanated from the portals of the US National Security Agency.
A second case of NSA exploits being customised and used for attacks, before they were leaked on the Web by a group known as the Shadow Brokers in 2017, has come to light, this time following research by the Israel-based cyber security firm Check Point Research.
The US National Security Agency says it has no information on the probe into a leak of exploits by a group known as the Shadow Brokers back in 2016. The investigation was reported to have been going on for 15 months in November 2017.
After what seems like an eternity, a security company has dared to mention the unmentionable: the US does have advanced persistent threats or nation-state attack groups which are active.
Russian security firm Kaspersky — formerly Kaspersky Lab — appears to be providing details of campaigns by nation-state actors, including from the US, to those who subscribe to its private APT (advanced persistent threat or nation-state actors) intelligence reports, judging by one of its recent blog posts.
A bog standard attack aimed at planting a cryptocurrency miner has been found to be using advanced targeted attack tools as well, the security firm Trend Micro says, pointing out that this behaviour marks a departure from the norm.
ANALYSIS Predicting the future is generally a game for mugs but it is possible to say with a high degree of certainty that there will be no details of any American advanced persistent threats or APTs unveiled during Kaspersky Lab's annual Security Analyst Summit that kicks off in Singapore on Monday.
Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab is claimed to have uncovered another operation by a US military outfit when it revealed at its annual security analyst summit the details of malware that had been used to gain access to Windows systems through routers.
More "evidence" has emerged this week, once again from a security company, this one based in Washington DC, that appears to point the finger at Russian involvement in the leaking of NSA exploits on the Web last year.
In its continuing bid to provide what it sees as proof that it has no nexus with the Russian Government, Kaspersky Lab has released a detailed report about a 2014 incident which was reported by US media and used to cast aspersions on the company.
Russian hackers who are claimed to have gained access to NSA secrets on the home computer of one of the agency's staff may have done so after the man's computer was infected by malware via a key generator for producing pirated licence keys for Microsoft Office.
The Shadow Brokers, the group that has dumped many Windows exploits from NSA on the Web in April, has surfaced again, offering more exploits provided payment is made in Zcash.
The US government is trying to trace the identities behind the group called Shadow Brokers which dumped a number of NSA Windows exploits on the Web in April, some of which were used in the last two global ransomware attacks.
The Shadow Brokers, the group that has leaked NSA exploits that have been used to craft the malware used in the last two big attacks, say they will be raising the price for any leaks in July.
Shadow Brokers, a group that last year released a load of exploits from the Equation Group which is suspected to be allied to the NSA, has released the password for an encrypted cache of files which it put online.
The hacking group known as Shadow Brokers has released details of a number of tools that can be used to exploit Windows systems, all of which it claims are from the NSA.
A group suspected of having ties to Russia has released a list of servers in various countries which have been compromised by the NSA for use in staging attacks and suggested that the best outcome for the US presidential election might be stopping it altogether.
The group that released a data dump containing exploit tools created by the US National Security Agency is apparently having difficulty finding buyers for the same.
Networking company Cisco has revealed details of a third remotely exploitable bug in many of its current products. No fix has yet been released to fix this hole.
Hacking tools which were put up for sale by a group known as Shadow Brokers earlier this week have been confirmed as being authentic NSA software by The Intercept news website, which says its claim was backed by documents it had received from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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