NSA hacking tools were leaked by Chinese hackers back in 2014. The tools were found to be used for years!
Over four years since a particularly mysterious group of hackers calling themselves the Shadow Brokers started leaking certain NSA hacking tools onto the internet, the question that is now raised is whether any particular intelligence agency can actually prevent the zero-day stockpile from crashing down and falling into the wrong hands now haunts the community.
Chinese hackers hijacked NSA hacking tool
That particular wound has recently just been reopened along with evidence that it was Chinese hackers who have obtained as well as reused another particular NSA hacking tool a few years before the said Shadow Brokers had brought it to light. On Monday, the known security firm called Check Point had actually revealed that it had just discovered some evidence that a particular Chinese group known as the APT31, also known as the Judgment Panda or Zirconium.
The hackers had actually been able to gain access as well as use a particular Windows-hacking tool that is known as EpMe. EpMe was reportedly created by Equation Group which is a security industry name for the very highly sophisticated hackers that were widely understood to actually be a part of the NSA.
EpMe code used
According to Check Point, the supposed Chinese group back in 2014 had built their very own hacking tool using EpMe code which dated all the way back to 2013. The story by Wired dictates that the Chinese hackers used the tool, which Checkpoint has then named “Jian” or rather “double-edged sword” from 2015 up until March of 2017. This was when Microsoft had patched the vulnerability that it had attacked.
This would actually mean that APT31 had gained access to the tool which was a “privilege escalation” exploit which would actually allow a hacker who has already had a certain foothold in the victim network to be able to gain deeper access. This Shadow Brokers leaked this long before the late 2016 and somewhere within the early 2017.
Lockheed discovered the Chinese hacking technique
Back in 2017, Lockheed Martin had reportedly discovered China’s use of this particular hacking technique. Due to Lockheed having a large number of US customers, Check Point actually speculates that the particular hijacked NSA hacking tool could have been used against Americans themselves.
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