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The stolen malware is said to belong to Equation Group, a sophisticated hacking team believed to be operated by the NSA. So far, the Shadow Brokers have only released a few taster files and images of the cache, but security researchers said they appear to be legitimate.
There are also a of hacking tools used for penetrating network gear including routers and firewalls created by major companies like Cisco and Juniper — spy tools which it is already known the NSA uses. At first glance it is sound that these are important attack-related files, and yes, the first guess would be Equation Group.
Access to NSA would be too valuable to spoil in a leak. Don't believe in an actual hack.
In a series of tweets, Snowden has outlined his own theory about what happened. He suggests that it is a Russian-originated attack deed to expose evidence of NSA cyber warfare activities.
That could have ificant foreign policy consequences. Particularly if any of those operations targeted US allies.
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