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The New Shadow Brokers Leak Connects the NSA to the Stuxnet Cyber Weapon Used on Iran

Published: April 17, 2017
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Source: Motherboard

 

Buried among this new treasure trove, there are several mentions of previously disclosed NSA top secret programs and software such as "STRAITBIZARRE," used to control implants remotely, and "JEEPFLEA," a project to hack the money transferring system SWIFT. These provide yet another hint that these are indeed tools stolen from the NSA's elite hacking team. 

Perhaps more surprisingly, the dump also included one tool that was used in the famous Stuxnet worm, arguably the world's first digital weapon, used to hit an Iranian nuclear power facility and damage its centrifuges to slow down the country's nuclear weapons program.

The tool that appears to link the new dump and the famous digital weapon is an exploit for Windows' MOF files, which appears to be "almost the exact same script" used in Stuxnet, according to Liam O'Murchu, a researcher at Symantec who's thoroughly analyzed the worm.

"There is a strong connection between Stuxnet and the Shadow Brokers dump," O'Murchu told Motherboard in an email. "But not enough to definitively prove a connection."

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