Confirmed: Leaked Equation Group Hacking Tools Are Real (Bank Info Security)


The release of spying code authored by one of the most sophisticated hacking groups in the world has prompted questions about whether Russia may be taunting the United States in an unprecedented, public cyber stunt.

On Aug. 13, a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers released samples of exploits and software implants from the Equation Group, which many security experts suspect is linked to the U.S. National Security Agency. The dumped code is designed to compromise network-level equipment such as firewalls and includes notes on infiltration techniques (see Mystery Surrounds Breach of NSA-Like Spying Toolset).