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NSA's unintended help to Russian hackers

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>> Even the most sophisticated US government hackers sometimes get sloppy. NSA cyber-spying tools that were publicly exposed last month may have been carelessly left behind by an agency operative, and found by Russian hackers. Reuters reporting exclusively that the FBI is exploring this theory as it tries to figure out how a group calling itself shadow blockers posted some of the tools on the Internet looking to sell them in their entirety to the highest BitCoin bidder.
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The hacking tools allow Black Hats to get behind security fire walls sold by companies like Cisco and Fortinet. Reuters correspondent Joe Menn says sources tell him this might all be a way for Russia to advance it's interest as the election gets closer.>> It's not unusual at all for the United States to spy on Russian Political organizations, Russia spy on our political organizations but to have that spy happen and then leaks come out, where it embarrasses people or to disrupt the elections, some are charging here is unprecedented between two super powers.
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>> News that they made it into the public domain came out at the same time that US officials said Russia or its proxies were behind recent hacks on a Democratic Party. Thursday, US lawmakers accused Russia of orchestrating the hacks. The companies have since issued patches.