- Secretive hacking group released a trove of tools and exploits used by US spies
- They are used to eavesdrop on people through their laptops and smartphones
- Alongside the leaked tools the group warned Trump: ‘Don’t forget your base’
- NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden confirmed that the tools are legitimate
THE SHADOW BROKERS GROUP
The hacking group first emerged in August when it announced it would auction stolen surveillance tools it says were used by a cyber group linked to the NSA.
The hacking exploits included vulnerabilities in firewall products and a list of IP addresses the NSA had exploited, which the group released at a later date.
To arouse interest in the auction, the hackers released samples of programmes they said could break into popular firewall software made by companies including Cisco Systems Inc, Juniper Networks Inc and Fortinet Inc.
An October leak by the group included information that experts said might identify computers used to obscure U.S. electronic eavesdropping.