A group of anonymous hackers known as the “Shadow Brokers” struck again on Saturday by releasing malware allegedly created by the National Security Administration (NSA).
The group said its released the malware in retaliation for President Trump’s decision to order a missile strike in Syria as well as remove White House adviser Steve Bannon from the National Security Council.
“Respectfully, what the f— are you doing?,” the hackers said in an open letter to Trump. “Is appearing you are abandoning ‘your base’, ‘the movement’, and the peoples who getting you elected.”
The malware is believed by many security experts to be an outdated tool the NSA previously employed. However, the release of the data still creates a problem for the agency and leads to questions of security breeches.
The Shadow Brokers first appeared during the final year of the Obama administration and were actively causing problems for U.S. intelligence agencies. After the 2016 presidential election, the group said they would be retiring.
Some experts believe the hackers are acting on behalf of the Russians. The chief executive at Rendition Infosec, a cyber security firm that claims to be staffed in part by previous NSA and Defense Department employees, believes the group is directly linked to Russia.
“Russia is quickly responding to the missile attacks on Syria with the release of the dump file password that was previously withheld,” said Jake Williams on Rendition Infose blog.
Shadow Brokers has denied ties to Russian interests, according to The Daily Beast, which interviewed the group. However, they advise President Trump to quickly get back on his message regarding “America First,” and stop interfering in Syria.
The NSA has declined to comment on whether or not the malware is authentic.
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