NSA Malware Threatens Windows Users Around the World

(The Intercept) The ShadowBrokers, an entity previously confirmed by The Intercept to have leaked authentic malware used by the NSA to attack computers around the world, today released another cache of what appears to be extremely potent (and previously unknown) software capable of breaking into systems running Windows. The software could give nearly anyone with sufficient technical knowledge the ability to wreak havoc on millions of Microsoft users.

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The leak includes a litany of typically codenamed software “implants” with names like ODDJOB, ZIPPYBEER, and ESTEEMAUDIT, capable of breaking into — and in some cases seizing control of — computers running version of the Windows operating system earlier than the most recent Windows 10. The vulnerable Windows versions ran more than 65 percent of desktop computers surfing the web last month, according to estimates from the tracking firm Net Market Share.

The crown jewel of the implant collection appears to be a program named FUZZBUNCH, which essentially automates the deployment of NSA malware, and would allow a member of agency’s Tailored Access Operations group to more easily infect a target from their desk.

According to security researcher and hacker Matthew Hickey, co-founder of Hacker House, the significance of what’s now publicly available, including “zero day” attacks on previously undisclosed vulnerabilities, cannot be overstated: “I don’t think I have ever seen so much exploits and 0day [exploits] released at one time in my entire life,” he told The Intercept via Twitter DM, “and I have been involved in computer hacking and security for 20 years.” Affected computers will remain vulnerable until Microsoft releases patches for the zero-day vulnerabilities and, more crucially, until their owners then apply those patches…

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  • kjl

    So microsoft has been saying windows 10 is the “most secure operating system ever” get it or be left
    behind.
    Now we get this bit of information, no doubt this will be squashed by mainstream media so the least amount of “us know”.

    • Memri Dotorg

      Not sure what your point is, but Windows 10 does not have the vulnerabilities of windows 7. There is no reason for individuals or small businesses to run anything other than Windows 10. People can’t wait to buy the latest iPhone which is useless for an enterprise but run Windows 7 on their pc , makes no sense.

      • Joel WS

        Well, I have critical software on a Windows 7 graphics laptop which will not run on Windows 10. There’s a reason which makes sense, right there. I’ll wager I’m not the only one who has similar issues. Same thing for a Windows XP digital video editing workstation.

        I’m also not stuck in 2015, as I’m posting from another laptop that’s running Win 10. The downside is one purported ‘feature’ of Windows 10 being that it’s the greatest spyware ever developed and deployed to consumers. The attempts to push the W10 auto-upgrade against my will has also ****ed up two of my computers to varying degrees. At that point I didn’t want to upgrade just on principle alone.

        • PRINCE4EVER O(->

          What I don’t like about the newer OS is after XP they don’t include online checkers and the other built in games anymore.

          • Joel WS

            I know. Priorities, right?

          • PRINCE4EVER O(->

            Not a priority, but a convenience.

          • Joel WS

            Yes. I get it. I was just being a wise guy. Doesn’t it seem that every time they make something good, it eventually gets discontinued? The same thing goes for certain TV programs. The worst was when Adobe went to subscription-only based software. What can you do?

          • PRINCE4EVER O(->

            Pretty much, the only TV show I’m interested in now is the return of Prison Break.

        • David Estes

          I have a Windows XP with software that will only run on Windows 7 and below. It runs our company records and I have never had a problem with it. Don’t use that computer on the Internet.

          Windows 10 is a pain to use and understand. Has crap that I don’t use which clutters the monitor and I get rid of some of it.

        • Memri Dotorg

          What critical software specifically
          How is Windows 10 spyware specifically?
          Finally, Windows 10 is a revolutionary development in every possible dimension of personal computing and enterprise computing ,most of all, your security.

      • Windows 10 is an even more insidious invasion of privacy than its predecessor.

        • Memri Dotorg

          Because you say so or because the voices say so

          • independent thinker

            Because MSN said it was just not in those exact words. I installed 10 on a computer and at the beginning it said it recorded and passed information back to MSN unless you turned that feature it off.

    • chris VN

      According to a recent report, if you are a Windows 10 user then every single keystroke you have ever typed on your computer may have been logged and sent to Microsoft.

      • PRINCE4EVER O(->

        Yup, if you don’t opt out right after installation and turn it off.

    • April Williams

      I hate windows 10, just like obamacare they tried to force it upon you. I have windows 8.1 and last year windows 10 would try to install itself onto my computer. I did a lot of research on windows 10 and if you read their pages of privacy you are giving it up. I know I could use a new tower but I won’t get one until a patch is released

      • PRINCE4EVER O(->

        Ubuntu is a free OS that somebody told me about, they liked it very much.

        • David Estes

          Does it have safety controls against malware?

          • PRINCE4EVER O(->

            Not sure as I haven’t downloaded it as of yet. But, always use anti-malware, spyware, virus, & firewalls etc. Comodo Firewall is also free and has caught and stopped several attacks on my computer in the past.

          • R DoCdoWedo!

            NO it does Not? The NSA has a New Invention that can go and use it in all computers. Look like WE ARE SCREWED They got the best.

      • Rodney Steward

        Same here, 10 totally suc$s, I know to many people that have it and hate it!!

      • David Estes

        Agree. Windows 10 is the biggest crap software and can be very daunting to use.

  • Jack Leonard

    Disband the NSA. It is a clear violation of the 4th amendment.

    • PRINCE4EVER O(->

      Everything that government does violates The Constitution.

    • R DoCdoWedo!

      would you rather live under the Islam Law. The 4th amendment is for peace. Now we are at WAR IT is NOT the same. GET it Friend. Think smart!

      • Jack Leonard

        You are not thinking smart. You are thinking like a slave. The Constitution is for ALL times.

  • Rodzzz

    NSA is set up to spy against America. It must be shut down and everyone of the traitors hanged.

    • PRINCE4EVER O(->

      They gotta keep us sheep in their flock, or we may rise up against them one day.

      • James Higginbotham

        i think that day is FAST APPROACHING..

        • PRINCE4EVER O(->

          Can’t come soon enough!

    • James Higginbotham

      Hanged ASAP.

  • Bill Moore

    Hello,

    About ten years ago a friend sent a disk to me.

    On the disk was a 3megabyte program that allowed me to connect to and operate the computer of anyone who sent an email to me. I tried it and it worked, and then I erases it.

    It was just too weird for me.

    Bill Moore

    • Westside Joe

      I would be very cautious if I were you. Admitting to something like this in a public forum could result in an unwarranted investigation.

    • David Estes

      Glad to see you deleted it. We don’t need anymore programs that mess with your computer and minds. Just causes blood press to rise.

  • sovereigntyofone

    Yeah, the malware the NSA is using is probably a back door password provided to them by Bill Gates.
    Just my 2 cents worth.

    • Rodney Steward

      Have to admit, Bill is a enemy to the country, or a power player to the NWO, he the one that come up with common core to dumb down our schools and is one of the first steps for the NWO!!

      • PRINCE4EVER O(->

        Bill Gates also pushes for harmful vaccinations on people!

        • Rodney Steward

          Exactly, Gates is a man that tries to stay under the radar as much as possible! Are you watching the special on REELZ right now about Prince!!

          • PRINCE4EVER O(->

            Gates is a pretty evil guy that tries to pretend he’s a good guy. He’s all for The NWO as well as de-population. As for Prince, being a lifelong fan of his, April 21st. will be a very sad day 4 me. He will b gone a whole year already, so u will probably c lots of tributes & special about him. I wish somebody would do a proper investigation in2 his death. 2 many suspicious things about his passing that have not been answered yet.

          • Rodney Steward

            You’re right about Gates being part of the NWO gang, and also about Prince! I had no idea he had such a bad childhood, that the cause of most peoples troubles!!

          • PRINCE4EVER O(->

            Yeah, he did have a pretty rough childhood. But, he managed 2 overcome it and become a musical genius and superstar. There’s so many odd things about his death though, I wonder if he was murdered.

  • PRINCE4EVER O(->

    Upgrade to 10 or install a new OS altogether.

    • Terry Rushing

      Who else makes OS that is compatible with 2017 machines? Could a builder such as Dell be persuaded to produce such a machine as an alternative the the seemingly exclusive use of Microsofts?

      • PRINCE4EVER O(->

        Somebody told me about a free OS called Ubuntu, you can DL it from their website. I haven’t tried it yet, so I can’t say how good or bad it is.

  • Tiger

    Think on this, this includes, as we saw in the elections exposing the depth and breadth of the Hillary debacle, that someone is going to work really hard to find a way to stop this, we the public have no privacy and haven’t for years but love the fact neither do our leaders and big shots, spelled with an i.

  • buddy

    that’s really bad news, many many many manufacturing plants machinery and systems are run on windows, and many are windows XP. Press breaks, lasers, punch press, qc automation, robots are run on window operating system and almost all tied into the internet for factory support, updates, and troubleshooting. This could a job killer then the Obama admin ever thought about being.

  • R DoCdoWedo!

    NSA will be looking for the enemies like ISIS and Muslim and Radical islamic’s the one’s that are right in the country using windows 10 and other ememies of the country, “America they have to” Because we are in war. This is hard for you to believe. There is no Privacy now Not in till we get all the Radical Islam or Radical Islamism. Yes it for us good American’s But myself i think it is better now to catch the Enemy Now later maybe to late I rather be free. then have my head cut off. Our live under Islam Laws. How many of you out there in this American land believe what I’m try to say. We Are In War. Get Smart America.