After NSA hacking expose, CIA staffers asked where Equation Group went wrong

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NSA hacking expose
NSA hacking expose

Two days after researchers exposed a National Security Agency-tied hacking group that operated in secret for more than a decade, CIA hackers convened an online discussion aimed at preventing the same kind of unwelcome attention. The thread, according to a document WikiLeaks published Tuesday, was titled “What did Equation do wrong, and how can we avoid doing the same?” – NSA hacking expose.

Equation Group is the name Kaspersky Lab researchers gave to the hacking unit that was responsible for a string of hacks so sophisticated and audacious they were unlike almost any the world had seen before. For 14 years, and possibly longer, the hackers monitored computers in at least 42 countries, sometimes by exploiting the same Microsoft Windows vulnerabilities that would later be exploited by the Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran’s nuclear program. The backdoors hid inside hard drive firmware and in virtual file systems, among other dark places, and had their own self-destruct mechanism, making it impossible for outsiders to grasp the true scope of the group’s hacks.

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