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Chinese Group Built Advanced Trojan by Reverse Engineering NSA Attack Tool
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ifaux,
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9/13/2019 | 2:21:21 PM
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"Also, the black market is where individuals post code (even on Github)" GitHub; This is true. A surprising amount of resources intended for questionable use. Blatant in some cases, or thinly veiled as "security tools".
tdsan
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tdsan,
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9/12/2019 | 1:14:46 PM
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Wow, someone who finally gets it. Symantec is in bed with the NSA and other vendors in the US so it would behoove them to protect their sources.

Symantec said it was unclear how APT3 had obtained the NSA tools. But it ruled out the possibility that the Chinese threat actor had obtained the weapons from the large trove of NSA cyber weapons that hacking outfit Shadow Brokers publicly leaked in 2017.

 Also, shadow brokers appeared in the Summer of 2016, but that is when they were first identified to the public, they don't know when they actually started and when their attacks began. So this notion of code that is very similar but before the ShadowBrokers extracted information from the NSA is preposterous. Also, the black market is where individuals post code (even on Github) so it can be purchased at a later time. The last time I looked, the Chinese had deep pockets. This is more of a marketing campaign to say the least.

Also, there is another group in the NSA called Tailored Access Operations (TAO), there were numerous weapons created at the Ft. Meade, MD facility, so now we know where the Ransomware came from, us.

Ransomware Affected Systems

 

American officials had to explain to close allies — and to business leaders in the United States — how cyberweapons developed at Fort Meade in Maryland came to be used against them. Experts believe more attacks using the stolen N.S.A. tools are all but certain. - "The New York Times"


 

This does not surprise me, since the Iranian Subterfuge Attack (Stuxnet) to the Ransomeware attacks across the globe, it was only a matter of time until the weapons we created were going to be used against us (Shadow Broker Hack). 

From the words of "Bill Dukes" in the movie "Menace II Society", "You know you done f--ked up Right".

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DHorse2,
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9/7/2019 | 3:55:17 PM
Rationale
I fact check.Occam's razor applies. Regardless of the code source, those mods and design would occur. A hand wave occurs here by Symantec as their theory is irrational from an IT view. Nornal phased development ans enhancements plus code theft you can date. Got it. Where would evidence of all this story emerge from. It's a narrative and not credible for it.


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