The NSA Leak Is Real, Snowden Documents Confirm
“ON MONDAY, A HACKING group calling itself the ‘ShadowBrokers’ announced an auction for what it claimed were ‘cyber weapons’ made by the NSA. Based on never-before-published documents provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Intercept can confirm that the arsenal contains authentic NSA software, part of a powerful constellation of tools used to covertly infect computers worldwide.
The provenance of the code has been a matter of heated debate this week among cybersecurity experts, and while it remains unclear how the software leaked, one thing is now beyond speculation: The malware is covered with the NSA’s virtual fingerprints and clearly originates from the agency.
The evidence that ties the ShadowBrokers dump to the NSA comes in an agency manual for implanting malware, classified top secret, provided by Snowden, and not previously available to the public. The draft manual instructs NSA operators to track their use of one malware program using a specific 16-character string, ‘ace02468bdf13579.’ That exact same string appears throughout the ShadowBrokers leak in code associated with the same program, SECONDDATE.”