A hacking group called The Shadow Brokers claims to have acquired hacking tools from a group linked to the US National Security Agency (NSA), and is now asking for 1 million Bitcoin (about $568 million) in an auction in exchange for the information.
The Shadow Brokers tweeted a manifesto on Saturday, along with screenshots of the file folders it claims to have obtained, to a number of media outlets. The files are allegedly from Equation Group, a codename for a government hacking group widely believed to be the NSA.
“Attention government sponsors of cyber warfare and those who profit from it !!!!” the manifesto stated. “How much you pay for enemies cyber weapons?…We find cyber weapons made by creators of stuxnet, duqu, flame…We follow Equation Group traffic. We find Equation Group source range. We hack Equation Group. We find many many Equation Group cyber weapons.”
Security firm Kaspersky Group reported on Equation Group in 2015, and followed its multiple computer network exploitation operations dating back to 2001. The firm did