Hackers Leak Passwords to NSA’s “Top Secret Arsenal” against Trump’s Policies

You may remember Shadow Brokers hacking group for selling a trove of hacking tools and exploits stolen from the NSA’s Equation Group last year. Although three months ago the group announced about quitting its operation since they failed to find a buyer for listings the group is back in the news and this time for leaking passwords to NSA‘s “Top Secret Arsenal” to register its protest against Trump backing down from the promises he made during his election campaign.

In their blog post on Medium titled “Don’t Forget Your Base,” the Shadow Brokers slammed Donald Trump for recent airstrikes on Syria and demanded that he should follow his words and promises he made to his voters. While most of the post was written in broken English the group claims they voted for Trump and are now losing faith in him.

“Dear President Trump, Respectfully, what the [retracted] are you doing? TheShadowBrokers voted for you. TheShadowBrokers supports you. TheShadowBrokers is losing faith in you. Mr. Trump helping theshadowbrokers, helping you. Is appearing you are abandoning “your base”, “the movement”, and the peoples who getting you elected,” said the group.

The post went on to describe the group’s plans over political issues however what’s gaining attention is the list of passwords to “NSA’s Top Secret arsenal of digital weapons” that made so much news last summer.

“Mr. President Trump theshadowbrokers sincerely is hoping you are being the real deal and that you received this as constructive criticism toward #MAGA. Some American’s consider or maybe considering TheShadowBrokers traitors. We disagreeing. We view this as keeping our oath to protect and defend against enemies foreign and domestic. TheShadowBrokers wishes we could be doing more, but revolutions/civil wars taking money, time, and people. TheShadowBrokers has is having little of each as our auction was an apparent failure. Be considering this our form of protest. The password for the EQGRP-Auction-Files is CrDj”(;Va.*NdlnzB9M?@K2)#>deB7mN.”

The ex-NSA contractor and spy Edward Snowden has also confirmed in his Tweets that the leak contains authentic NSA software but it doesn’t contain the entire spy tools library.

Furthermore, Snowden tweeted that “NSA should be able to instantly identify where this set came from and how they lost it. If they can’t, it’s a scandal.”

According to researchers, the password leaked by the group unlocks the hacking tools, which include servers belonging to universities and companies allegedly used to deploy malware. Soon after Snowden, the whistleblower organization WikiLeaks also tweeted about the dump and revealed that it includes details about “hacking attacks on EU states, Russia, China, Japan and South East Asia.”

As per WikiLeaks, the leaked files also include “browsable decrypted Shadow Brokers “NSA” hacking tools+docs files corresponding to password released today”, and that Hundreds of NSA cyber weapons variants publicly released including code showing hacking of Pakistan mobile system.

Since the researchers have concluded the data to be legit the fact that it’s online for anyone to download will lead to devastating results for the NSA. At the time of publishing this article, there was no comment from the NSA or Pakistan’s mobile network over the hacking of their system.


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Waqas

Waqas Amir is a Milan-based cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Waqas is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.