A hacker group known as “Shadow Brokers” plansÂ to auction offÂ files it claims it has stolen from the computer systems of “Equation Group” cyber spiesÂ linked with theÂ National Security Agency, Wired reported Monday.
Andy Greenberg writes that Shadow Brokers released an encrypted file that has a decryption key offered for sale in a bitcoin auction, as well asÂ a sample of the stolen data withÂ 300 megabytes worth of code that match NSA-used cyber exploits.
The group posted its claim on the data theft in a now-deleted post to the microblogging site Tumblr, the report said.
Matt Suiche, founder of incident response firmÂ Comae Technologies, has saidÂ the released sample files also include previously unpublished exploits that targeted Cisco, Juniper, Fortigate and TopsecÂ equipment.
The reportÂ added thatÂ Claudio Guarnieri, a researcher at the University of Toronto, also pointed to a match with NSA code included in the 2013 data leak by Edward Snowden.
Wired noted some security researchers thinkÂ that the leak may beÂ a deceptive operation designed to confuse potential investigators of the hack.