'Not A Drill': Panic As NSA's Windows Hacking Tools Leaked [Updated]Chris Menahan
Apr. 14, 2017
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"This is not a drill," notorious NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says.
Malware used by the NSA to hack into Microsoft Windows systems was reportedly leaked just hours ago, meaning anyone who gets the software will have the virtual "keys to the kingdom" and can hack into practically any computer running Windows they want.
UPDATE: Microsoft says they patched the vulnerability in March for all their actively supported Windows products.
Windows 10 is allegedly safe:
The NSA allegedly knew the leaks were coming but did nothing:
The Intercept got video of one of the hacks in question:
From The Intercept:
The ShadowBrokers, an entity previously confirmed by The Intercept to have leaked authentic malware used by the NSA to attack computers around the world, today released another cache of what appears to be extremely potent (and previously unknown) software capable of breaking into systems running Windows. The software could give nearly anyone with sufficient technical knowledge the ability to wreak havoc on millions of Microsoft users.Windows said they're reviewing the hack:
A Microsoft spokesperson told The Intercept "We are reviewing the report and will take the necessary actions to protect our customers." We asked Microsoft if the NSA at any point offered to provide information that would help protect Windows users from these attacks, given that the leak has been threatened since August 2016, to which they replied "our focus at this time is reviewing the current report." Asked again, the spokesperson replied that Microsoft has "nothing further to share."Last week the same Shadow Brokers released the password to a collection of NSA hacking tools to protest President Trump for "abandoning his base."
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