Two weeks ago the online community were given a shock when it appeared that Edward Snowden had tweeted a “Dead Man’s Switch,” effectively signaling that his absence or even death may have occurred.
His colleague and confidant, Glenn Greenwald, took to Twitter to confirm that Snowden was indeed safe and no further explanation has been offered for Snowden’s mysterious tweet.
Fast forward to this week, a new bombshell dropped that a hacker group calling itself “Shadow Brokers” claimed to have infiltrated the NSA-connected elite hackers “Equation Group”, stealing their hacking tools, also known as cyber weapons – consisting of U.S. government spying and surveillance tools – and are ready to auction off online for at least half a billion dollars in Bitcoin.
Define Irony: A governmental organization that intrudes on every area of our lives, listening to our phone calls, reading our emails, and looking into our bank accounts, gets hacked themselves and complains about it.
The NSA, who receives untold billions of dollars to track terrorists and prevent them from executing terror attacks, has never once to this day stopped an attack or a mass shooting.
Could Snowden’s cryptic tweet have been a signal to this hacker group to release what they have?
Snowden has taken to his Twitter account to take jabs at the NSA, and he’s not holding back any punches now. He outlines in the following tweets how this hack took place, and how it’s linked to both the DNC hacks and Russian actors as well.
The real crime here is how glaringly inept the NSA is at protecting their assets. They have all the computer toys they need and endless billions in their budget, and yet they can’t even protect their own computers from hackers.