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Edward Snowden thinks NSA hacker leak was a warning

Yesterday the news hit that an organisation appeared to have hacked the command and control server for an NSA-tied hacking group, purportedly known as Equation Group. Looking at the information and tools released, Edward Snowden thinks this was a warning from a foreign nation.

Equation Group is an NSA-linked hacking collective considered by many to be one of the most advanced in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s immune to having its dirty washing exposed. That’s what seems to have happened in the case of this sever hack, with many advanced hacking tools now being put up for auction by those claiming responsibility.

According to Snowden though, this isn’t anything that new. While the rules might state that all servers be cleaned of tools after use, people are lazy he said, which is why these hackers found tools from 2010 through 2013 on the server.

What is new though, is a group talking about it. It seems unlikely that anyone is going to hand over the million Bitcoin ransom price for these tools, so why would the hackers announce it? In Snowden’s mind, this is a warning.

He suggests there could be some Russian involvement and that this warning is designed to show that proof exists that the U.S. took part in certain hacks, by linking it to the tools discovered on the server. It could be a way of forcing officials not to look too deeply into the recent hacks of the Democratic National Convention in America. If they did and started pointing fingers, this group may start to point them right back, with real evidence.

Funnily enough though, Snowden thinks that his initial document leak may have actually helped in this instance. His original story came out in mid-2013, around the time that this server appears to have stopped being used. It could be that his leak caused a migration as a precaution – even if they didn’t clean house first.

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KitGuru Says: It would be really interesting to look at an alternate timeline where Snowden didn’t flee to China/Russia and didn’t leak anything. Would this leak have been even worse of the NSA?

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