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posted by on Wednesday April 12 2017, @01:58PM   Printer-friendly
from the look-at-all-the-wonderful-toys dept.

Last August, an unknown group called the Shadow Brokers released a bunch of NSA tools to the public. The common guesses were that the tools were discovered on an external staging server, and that the hack and release was the work of the Russians (back then, that wasn't controversial). This was me:

Okay, so let's think about the game theory here. Some group stole all of this data in 2013 and kept it secret for three years. Now they want the world to know it was stolen. Which governments might behave this way? The obvious list is short: China and Russia. Were I betting, I would bet Russia, and that it's a signal to the Obama Administration: "Before you even think of sanctioning us for the DNC hack, know where we've been and what we can do to you."

They published a second, encrypted, file. My speculation:

They claim to be auctioning off the rest of the data to the highest bidder. I think that's PR nonsense. More likely, that second file is random nonsense, and this is all we're going to get. It's a lot, though.

I was wrong. On November 1, the Shadow Brokers released some more documents, and two days ago they released the key to that original encrypted archive:

EQGRP-Auction-Files is CrDj"(;Va.*NdlnzB9M?@K2)#>deB7mN

-- submitted from IRC


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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by DmT on Wednesday April 12 2017, @06:22PM (3 children)

    by DmT (6439) on Wednesday April 12 2017, @06:22PM (#492967)

    Who else thinks that the name Shadow Brokers is awesome?

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  • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Wednesday April 12 2017, @06:27PM (1 child)

    by kaszz (4211) on Wednesday April 12 2017, @06:27PM (#492969) Journal

    Sounds totally like the movie Swordfish from 2001.

  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Wednesday April 12 2017, @09:49PM

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday April 12 2017, @09:49PM (#493088) Journal

    An even awesomer one: Shadow Borkers

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0 https://soylentnews.org/~MichaelDavidCrawford