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Old 17th May 2017, 19:18   #21
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More NSA secrets are going to leak this summer, claim The Shadow Brokers. The hacking group says more tools from the US spy agency have been stolen and it's going to set up a monthly subscription model for accessing security exploits.

The group is known for its recent role in the WannaCrypt ransomware situation. Although it doesn't appear responsible for spreading the malware, it did publish the exploit that enabled it.

Among the things The Shadow Brokers will offer are banking data from SWIFT, newer Windows 10 exploits, and even network data from "Russian, Chinese, Iranian or North Korean" nuclear and missile programs.
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Old 17th May 2017, 20:08   #22
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Another excellent reason to drop Windows and go with Linux. MacOS would be another better option as it has all the professional software available.

Let's face it. Microsoft is the target #1 for any attacks like this. It's used by 90+ percent of all PC users including business and most of the users are too stoopid to prevent things like that from happening, be it by not updating, not running antivirus, clicking on every link without thinking twice, etc, etc

Sure, the NSA is partly to blame in this particular scenario, if they withheld critical information about this specific issue and they should be held accountable in part, but the main-reason for this issue is that Microsoft doesn't have any competition and is too lazy to write a better and more secure OS. Instead Microsoft forces more and more ridiculous crap onto their users.
But Linux is a ballache to use and is not compatible with Planet Earth.
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Old 17th May 2017, 20:47   #23
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But Linux is a ballache to use and is not compatible with Planet Earth.
Linux is totally fine for 95% of the people and how they use their PCs. Surfing the web, consuming media, doing office stuff, some photo manipulation... all possible on all major Linux distributions out of the box.

However, the biggest problem, which I'm not getting tired of stating is it's lack of professional software. All the industry-standards in graphics, audio and video are not available for Linux and that's the actual reason why it'll never see widespread use. Not to forget about most of the games not being released for Linux aswell.

But it's not at all a ballache to use. It's actually a very good experience nowadays.
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Old 17th May 2017, 23:15   #24
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Sooo..

Has anyone looked at the exploits already dumped by TSB?

Theres linux stuff in there too. Mac OS isn't going to be far behind. Its a fallacy to suggest that any one OS is intrinsically more secure than another, or that security through obscurity is in any way a good thing.

The decision to cease the support contract is what made the NHS vulnerable to this, its precisely the fault of that decision that their vast XP network was un patched. I suspect replacing XP isn't financially viable, I'd wager that communication with their scanning equipment (xray, ct, mri) is involved. Replacing a pc is likely doable. Replacing an MRI machine, probably not as much.
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I would suspect the really clever/ugly/dark/dangerous stuff the NSA et al have come up with ignores Windows altogether. Attacking out of date Windows PCs is (relatively speaking) like shooting fish in a barrel.
Nuclear Centrifuges don't run XP.
If other things like that are in the wild I wouldn't get too comfortable just because one runs Linux.
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Basically, if the NSA's targets use it, there's likely to be an exploit for it somewhere in these toolsets.

If TSB aren't bullshitting, their next releases may cover mobile devices, current OS versions, and so on. Basically, batten down the hatches, it's probably going to get worse.
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and even network data from "Russian, Chinese, Iranian or North Korean" nuclear and missile programs.
North Korea seems an odd one as there's speculation TSB are North Korean and based on their use of the English language such speculation seems plausible.
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North Korea seems an odd one as there's speculation TSB are North Korean and based on their use of the English language such speculation seems plausible.
From what I've seen of their posts, I'm not sure the shitty grammar isn't deliberate. Even accidentally they should get more right than they do.
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