Chinese Company Doxes Apparent NSA Hacking Operation

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A Chinese cybersecurity company accused the NSA of being behind a hacking tool used for ten years in a report published on Wednesday

The report from Pangu Lab delves into malware that its researchers first encountered in 2013 during an investigation into a hack against “a key domestic department.” At the time, the researchers couldn’t figure out who was behind the hack, but then, thanks to leaked NSA data about the hacking group Equation Group—widely believed to be the NSA—released by the mysterious group Shadow Brokers and by the German magazine Der Spiegel, they connected the dots and realized it was made by the NSA, according to the report. 

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“The Equation Group is the world’s leading cyber-attack group and is generally believed to be affiliated with the National Security Agency of the United States. Judging from the attack tools related to the organization, including Bvp47, Equation group is indeed a first-class hacking group,” the report read, referring to the name of the tool the researchers found. “The tool is well-designed, powerful, and widely adapted. Its network attack capability equipped by 0day vulnerabilities was unstoppable, and its data acquisition under covert control was with little effort. The Equation Group is in a dominant position in national-level cyberspace confrontation.” 

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