Shadow Brokers leak links NSA to alleged US-Israeli Stuxnet malware that targeted Iran

Shadow Brokers leak links NSA to alleged US-Israeli Stuxnet malware that targeted Iran
Malicious computer malware that caused substantial damage to Iran’s nuclear program may be the work of the NSA, researchers burrowing into the latest leak from hacking group Shadow Brokers have discovered within the computer data.

A tool found in Friday’s leak matched one used by the notorious Stuxnet malware.

First detected in 2010, Stuxnet is believed to be the joint work of the US and Israel; a claim that Edward Snowden backed up in a 2013 interview but which has never been acknowledged by either government.

Designed to target industrial control systems used in infrastructure facilities, Stuxnet modifies data on controller software affecting their automated processes.

Computer code found in last week’s leak from Shadow Brokers, alleged to have been stolen from the NSA, was also found to match that used in Stuxnet.

Officials, who spoke under anonymity to The Washington Post, said in 2012 that the worm, developed under George W.Bush’s administration and continued under Barack Obama’s, was designed to damage Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

When it infected Iran’s nuclear facility in Natanz, it reportedly destroyed a fifth of their centrifuges after causing them to spin out of control, all the while relaying readings back to technicians at the plant that operations were normal.

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Hacking group Shadow Brokers has released a data dump allegedly stolen from the NSA that details the agency’s ability to hack international banks, as well as the SWIFT network, via Windows PCs and…

“There is a strong connection between Stuxnet and the Shadow Brokers dump,” Symantec researcher Liam O’Murchu told Motherboard. “But not enough to definitively prove a connection.”

A definite link will be almost impossible to prove as Stuxnet’s script was later copied and used in an open-source hacking toolkit, allowing it to be replicated numerous times online.

However, O’Murchu said the script found in Friday’s leak was last compiled on September 9,  2010 – three months after Stuxnet was first identified and shortly before it was added to the hacking toolkit.

Also contained in the leak was ASCII art of a medal with the words “Won the gold medal!!!” above it. Stuxnet was reportedly given the codename “Olympic Games.”

ETERNALCHAMP – YOU HAVE WON A GOLD MEDAL! operation olympic games anyone? hacks XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7 and Win8.

Security architect Kevin Beaumont tweeted the results of an antivirus program check on the Shadow Brokers’ exploits leaked on Friday, which returned that it had detected Stuxnet.

First submission, first detection – EasyPi exploit gets detected as Stuxnet by a vendor.

The latest evidence against the NSA was contained in Friday’s leak from Shadow Brokers, which also detailed hacks aimed at Windows PCs and the SWIFT network, used to process payment orders.

READ MORE: What the hack? The leaks that shaped 2016

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Over 60 children killed in Aleppo bus convoy bombing, UNICEF says

The UN Children’s Fund has condemned the killing of more than 60 children in a recent Aleppo bomb attack targeting evacuees.

“After six years of war and human carnage in Syria… six years of heartbreak for so many Syrian families… there comes a new horror that must break the heart of anyone who has one,” the statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said Sunday.

“More than 60 children reportedly killed in an attack on a bus convoy yesterday outside Aleppo. A convoy of families who for so long had already known so much suffering. Now the survivors must bear such a new and terrible loss,” the statement added.

Lake urged not only for regret, but for action to ensure that the war ends soon, saying, “We must draw from this not only anger, but renewed determination to reach all the innocent children throughout Syria with help and comfort. And draw from it also the hope that all those with the heart and the power to end this war will do so.”

While Syrian state media reported up to 40 fatalities on the day of the blast, on Monday the toll rose to 125 people killed, according to local human rights groups. The attack came at the same time as the Syrian government was carrying out the internationally-brokered evacuation of two towns.

“This is one of the worst, most horrifying massacres. We urge our president Assad to help us out. What happened can’t be described. Oh, dear God! We don’t know what to do,” a woman outside an Aleppo hospital told Ruptly on Saturday.


The reason that there were so many children among the victims is that the blast happened at the moment when children were gathering around a van distributing potato chips, according to RT’s Lizzie Phelan.

The evacuation was continued soon after the attack, for which no one has yet claimed responsibility.

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Moscow’s relationship with Britain at all-time low – Russian ambassador to UK

Moscow's relationship with Britain at all-time low – Russian ambassador to UK
British-Russian relations are at an all-time low, Moscow’s ambassador to the UK said, refuting Downing Street’s claim that Moscow is on the “wrong side” of the Syrian argument. He also slammed Britain’s decision to deploy troops to the Estonian border.

Responding to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s claim that Russia is on the “wrong side of the argument” when it comes to Syria, Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko said “the opposite is true.”

He noted that there is no moderate opposition alternative to the present government in Syria, referring to a similar statement made earlier by a former British ambassador to the Middle East state, Peter Ford.

That’s why there is an “urgent need for lasting ceasefire and political process among the Syrians, so that they can decide for themselves.”

“It seems that our Western partners don’t like this approach and want to decide for the Syrians who will take part in the political process and who shall not,” he told the Daily Mail.

When asked about British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon’s accusation that Russia is responsible for the Syrian chemical attacks by proxy, Yakovenko said that Moscow deplores the “hostile rhetoric not supported by evidence.”

Following the chemical attack in Syria and Washington’s subsequent strike on a military airbase, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson canceled a planned visit to Moscow – a move which Yakovenko called “unfortunate.”

“But that is just another indication that there is no bilateral relationship of substance between our two nations, that is beyond mere diplomatic ones,” he said.

Yakovenko went on to accuse the UK of “raising tensions” in Europe over its decision to deploy 800 troops to the Estonia, near Russian border, in a move which Fallon claimed was aimed at “defending” NATO.

“We deplore that deployment for it raises tensions in Europe along the border between NATO and Russia. Russia doesn’t pose any threat to Estonia nor any other NATO member-state,” Yakovenko said.

When bluntly asked by the Daily Mail whether he believes the relationship between Britain and Russia is the worst it has ever been, Yakovenko didn’t mince his words.

“Yes, it is,” he stated.

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