US authorities are still investigating the leak of NSA hacking tools. They hit the hands of a hacker group called Shadow Brokers, which then placed them on the network. It is unofficially mentioned that one of the agency’s employees may be responsible for the leak.
A few years ago, Edward Snowden unveiled all the secrets of the NSA, also describing hacking tools that allow agency employees to break into computers to retrieve data. One of these tools leaked to the network after it had hit Shadow Brokers.
Government authorities investigating leakage have now focused on the theory that one of NSA employees is responsible for it. Three years ago, the agent used them on a remote computer and probably caused them to fall into the hands of Russian hackers.
These tools allow the user to exploit vulnerabilities in the system software to access the computer.They can be used to attack multiple devices, including routers and Cisco routers, putting customers at risk of losing data.
Reuters revealed that after the NSA discovered theft of the tools, she checked only whether they were using Russia or China. When no suspicious activity was detected, the matter was swept under the carpet. The agency did not even bother to tell companies that hackers could exploit vulnerabilities in their systems.