Alleged NSA Data Dump Contains Hacking Tools Rarely Seen
Cisco said that the sample files reveal an undetected software flaw in its products
- Michael Kan for Computerworld August 18th, 2016
- Source: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3109233/security/alleged-nsa-data-dump-contains-hacking-tools-rarely-seen.html
A stolen cache of files that may belong to the National Security Agency contains genuine hacking tools that not only work, but show a level of sophistication rarely seen, according to security researchers.
That includes malware that can infect a device’s firmware and can persist even if the operating system is reinstalled.
“It's terrifying because it demonstrates a serious level of expertise and technical ability,” said Brendan Dolan-Gavitt, an assistant professor at New York University’s school of engineering.