Hacking group purportedly hacked NSA-linked Equation Group, auctioning cyber weapons

You don’t see this every day…a hacking group claims to have hacked a U.S. intelligence agency-linked hacking group and has put the ‘best’ cyber weapons up for auction.

When Kaspersky Lab released a report on the cyberespionage “Equation Group,” researchers said the threat actor “surpasses anything known in terms of complexity and sophistication of techniques.” The group’s toolset resembled what is used by U.S. intelligence agencies and included an attack that could reprogram your hard drive firmware. Kaspersky didn’t go so far as to accuse the NSA of being linked to the Equation Group, but many news outlets and security researchers did.

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