Chinese Spies Hijack NSA Hacking Tools To Use Against The US

The NSA (and its army of expert hackers) has once again been hoist upon its own petard. And this time, it's not a shadowy group of hackers using aliases like "the Shadow Brokers" that's stealing the agency's code. It's the Chinese government, and its massive security apparatus.

According to Reuters, Chinese spies managed to hijack code first developed by the NSA to support the agency's hacking operations, the latest example of how malicious software developed by the US federal government has been used against the US, or its allies. Chinese spies reportedly first used the code developed by the NSA to support their own operations.

The revelations were first shared by a team of Israeli researchers called Check Point Software Technologies, which issued a report noting that some features in a piece of China-linked malware it calls "Jian" were so similar they could only have been stolen from a cache of NSA hacking tools that was leaked to the web back in 2017. Some of these tools were later repurposed for the "WannaCry" corporate ransomware hacks which happened that year. And authorities have never been clear about what, exactly, may have been stolen.

Apparently, the US is only just learning the worst-case scenario: many of these weapons have fallen into the hands of Beijing.

The "Jian" exploit was described by the Israelis as "a Chinese replica" of NSA-made US tools.

Tel Aviv-based Check Point Software Technologies issued a report noting that some features in a piece of China-linked malware it dubs “Jian” were so similar they could only have been stolen from some of the National Security Agency break-in tools leaked to the internet in 2017.

Yaniv Balmas, Checkpoint’s head of research, called Jian “kind of a copycat, a Chinese replica.”

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