NSA breaches hundreds of IP addresses including those of Pakistan telecommunications sector, spying on Pakistani civil and military leadership.
The news has been accented by an organization called the “Shadow Brokers” in a Medium post named “Trick or Treat”.
The leak pinpoints at least four Pakistani Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) security attacked and compromised.
The interesting part is that the nodes are mainly located overseas, including compromises in China, Russia, India, and Pakistan, intending to make it arduous for trackers to identify the attack source.
Although we cannot deny the possibility that the information could be fabricated and forged but Shadow Brokers have lived up to their good name in the past by providing accurate information so the leak cannot be denied altogether and holds up some level of credibility. Moreover, the PGP signup on the post is a ‘Shadow Brokers’ signature sign, confirming the source as legitimate.
The chart leaked by Shadow Brokers reveals that NSA hacked into 352 distinct IP addresses and 306 domain names multiple times between August 2000 and August 2010.
The compromised Pakistani ISP’s include PTCL gateway exchange in Lahore, Paknet (merged into PTCL in 2007), Multinet and Micronet.
According to the report, PTCL Lahore was intercepted in May 2003, followed by attacks on Micronet and Multinet in 2000 and 2002, respectively. Intriguing was the fact that, all compromised ISPs were running on Solaris, a Unix operating system formulated by Sun Microsystems.
The fact of NSA hacking into Pakistan’s National Telecommunications Corporation (NTC) to spy on Pakistani civilian and military leadership was originally leaked by ‘The Intercept’ in a report published in August. Snowden documents further support the news as legitimate and true.
According to an April 2013 NSA presentation, “NSA hackers used SECONDDATE – a tool designed to intercept web requests and redirect browsers on target computers to an NSA web server – to breach targets in NTC’s VIP division. It said the targets contained documents pertaining to the backbone of Pakistan’s Green Line communications network used by its civilian and military leadership.”
Who is behind Shadow Brokers? No one knows! According to the analysts, it is a stump by Russia to undermine NSA capabilities. The most recent message from the group furthers the theory, saying, “Amerikanskis is not knowing USSA cyber capabilities is being screwed?”
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