According to a report published by Check Point Technologies, an American-Israeli manufacturer of network devices and software and specializing in security-related products, Chinese spies they would have developed a malware, Jian, that would “Copied” from a developed code dalla National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States.
The article highlights how part of the malware’s code is so similar that we assume it’s a real one plagiarism. Jian would be “kind of emulator, a Chinese replica“: So he describes it to Reuters Yaniv Balmas, head of the research team. It is now known that many nations develop malware to spy on other states. Most of these malware take advantage of software flaws to gain access to rival devices. Whenever a flaw emerges, the spy agencies and the CDs. secret services choose whether to “plug it” or try to exploit it to their advantage.
Between 2016 and 2017, the hacker group Shadow Brokers had published some software codes used for it espionage from NSA. These programs are believed to be part of the cyber threats known as “Equation Group“. According to some insiders close to Lockheed Martin Corp, a US company active in the aerospace engineering, defense and new technologies sectors and responsible for having detected the vulnerability that would have made public the material to which Jian is “inspired”, the publication of part of the code was determined by the intervention of an unidentified “third party”.
Check Point tried to rebuild the history of development di Jian. Created as early as 2014, only later would it be “enriched” with the pieces of code published by Shadow Brokers. Unfortunately, the researchers were unable to reconstruct how it was used after 2017. Microsoft, in a security advisory also reported in 2017, linked the Jian development to a Chinese entity, defined as “Zirconium“. This entity has also been accused of organizing hacker attacks on organizations and individuals that supported Joe Biden’s candidacy for the 2020 US presidential elections.
It is not the first time that the NSA has suffered cyber attacks: Symantec, a cybersecurity firm known for its Norton AntiVirus defense suite and owned by Broadcom Inc, reported another data leak as early as 2019. According to Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab’s ‘Global Research & Analysis’ team, Check Point’s research is thorough and “seems correct”.
The report ends with a series of expert opinions, calling on US spies to fix the flaws in their software rather than developing and distributing malware online. Neither the NSA nor the Chinese embassy in the US wanted to comment on the news.
Yaniv Balmas said he hopes this report will help convince security agencies to report and plug software flaws, rather than exploit them for espionage. “Perhaps – he told Reuters – it is more important to patch this weakness and save the world […] Because (this flaw, editor’s note) could be used against you “.
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