"It’s Snowden Junior" - Former NSA Employees Say NSA Hack Is The Work Of A "Rogue Insider"

Tyler Durden's picture

The last time an NSA insider claimed that a rogue agent originating at the spy agency itself may be the source of the recent Democratic server (and George Soros) hacks and subsequent leaks, was three weeks ago when former NSA employee, William Binney said that "NSA Has All Of Hillary's Deleted Emails, It May Be The Leak."

 

William Binney, NSA whistleblower

Now, in the aftermath of the latest major hack, one involving none other than the NSA's special operations team, the "Equation Group" by a mysterious hacker collective calling itself "The Shadow Brokers" which even the likes of Edward Snowden hinted may have been done by Russia, speculation has returned that this latest, and most troubling hack yet, was also an inside job.

In an interview with Motherboard, titled "Former NSA Staffers: Rogue Insider Could Be Behind NSA Data Dump" an anonymous insider has said that the chances of a hacker remotely breaking into the National Security Agency’s systems are very unlikely. Despite accusations that the leak is Russia’s meddling, the data dropped online under the name “the Shadow Brokers” would have required someone with the ability to access the NSA’s server, the former NSA employee told the news outlet.

As Motherboard puts it, an insider could have stolen the NSA hacking tools from the NSA, in a similar fashion to how former NSA contractor Edward Snowden stole an untold number of the spy agency’s top secret documents. This theory is being pushed by someone who claims to be, himself, a former NSA insider.

“My colleagues and I are fairly certain that this was no hack, or group for that matter,” the former NSA employee told Motherboard. “This ‘Shadow Brokers’ character is one guy, an insider employee.”

The source raised points that suggest the hack was actually a leak, such as the “naming convention of the file directories, as well as some of the scripts in the dump,” as they “are only accessible internally.” To validate his credentials, the insider provided a military award as proof of his past employment, and multiple former intelligence sources who reviewed the award for Motherboard said it looks legitimate. That award describes the source’s role as a “Cyber Intrusion Analyst,” and although he was not a member of TAO himself, he said he was able to work with TAO operators and access and analyze the data retrieved.

 

The source, who asked to remain anonymous, said that it’d be much easier for an insider to obtain the data that The Shadow Brokers put online rather than someone else, even Russia, remotely stealing it. He argued that “naming convention of the file directories, as well as some of the scripts in the dump are only accessible internally,” and that “there is no reason” for those files to be on a server someone could hack. He claimed that these sorts of files are on a physically separated network that doesn’t touch the internet; an air-gap, which if confirmed would make any theory of an outside hack virtually impossible.

However, Matt Suiche, the CEO of a Dubai-based cybersecurity company, wrote that the problem with this theory is that the NSA exposed the hacking tools on a server. “Making a mistake is not impossible,” for the Tailored Access Operation (TAO) – the NSA’s hacking team, Suiche noted.

While this is only a theory, the insider explained that they shared it to put international hacking theories in perspective. “We are 99.9 percent sure that Russia has nothing to do with this and even though all this speculation is more sensational in the media, the insider theory should not be dismissed,” the source said, adding, 'We think it is the most plausible.'”

This has been the summer of blaming Russia for hacks, but the source - like this website - told Motherboard that he needed to share the alternative theory because of the risks of increasing international tensions.  He added that while he was “a little nervous about this whole thing,” he was coming forward precisely to warn people against accusing Russia.

“Now seeing what's being paraded in the media like the wildly speculative attribution to Russia, I feel a personal responsibility to propose the more plausible theory on behalf of me and the rest of the guys like me,” he said. “I think it's dangerous to point fingers when they shouldn't be. That could have real implications that affect real people.”

If this were the work of an insider, it would not be the first time an NSA contractor turned on the agency – remember Edward Snowden? 

Another former NSA source said that “it’s plausible” that the leakers are actually a disgruntled insider, claiming that it’s easier to walk out of the NSA with a USB drive or a CD than hack its servers. Michael Adams, an information security expert who served more than two decades in the US Special Operations Command, agreed that it’s a viable theory.

“It’s Snowden junior,” Adams told Motherboard. “Except he doesn’t want to end up in virtual prison in Russia. He’s smart enough to rip off shit, but also smart enough to be unidentifiable.”

It’s important to note that there’s no evidence pointing the finger at an insider, just like there’s no evidence pointing toward Russia. It’s all speculation, but these two theories, at this point, seem the most plausible.

If indeed a "snowden Junior" has emerged, it will be fascinating to watch if he also morphs into a "Wikileaks Junior", revealing documents which the DOJ or FBI won't touch, esepcially those linked to Hillary's personal email server. Because if anyone has all the files, it would be the NSA.

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onewayticket2's picture

I have so little "trust" remaining that even the information gleaned from the "hack" is suspect.  who knows what is real anymore....?

localsavage's picture

If true, I hope that they are safely on their way to Russia.

J S Bach's picture

This proves that not all people in positions of power or "security" are conscienceless.  One small spark can start a fire.  That's why we must always be optimistic and not depair - especially in this debauched era when the elite criminals seem to get away with everything. The tide will turn and justice will be served.

Urban Roman's picture

Yes. We need more of these. People willing to risk their careers to support not just the Constitution, but common sense.

FGH's picture

The whistleblowers are not the rogues, it is the corrupt goverments

and their lawless agencies that are rogue.

JackT's picture

Well, only one problem problem for the "NSA source" seems he didn't remove the certificate from the glass/plastic and you can see his face and watch in the reflection. SMFH

Tarzan's picture

Seth Conrad Rich would agree, not all hackers work from their moms basement. 

Most likely they're employees, friends, and family of scoundrels, insiders with a conscience... 

Otherwise known as Leakers, truth tellers, and whistle blowers, to most.

but to the Beasts, they are the enemy, because In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. 

And revolution is the thing they fear most, the thing they spend the most effort and treasure on, preparing to survive the coming revolution, CIVIL WAR!


"the arming of federal government employees now shows the number of non-Defense Department federal officers carrying firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000)"

Here's to hoping many of those federal employees, and State Police, have a conscience too, that they will refuse to turn their guns on The People and rather, join The People in crushing the DC Cabal!

BuddyEffed's picture

This guy for president too.  Let him and Eric Ben-Artzi run against each other!


auricle's picture

I hope its our own citizens that have finally turned on this corrupt rogue laviathan.  

JRobby's picture

As noted: Whistle blowing is a herd mind set. More and more will join the herd as they see the thread of retaliation diminishing.

The revalations are going to accelerate as more and more see what is in fact the right thing to do.

Snowden showed incredible levels of bravery at a time when no one would.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Snowden showed incredible levels of bravery at a time when no one would.

 

Snowden was the litmus test.......and a lot of elected leaders walked right into the trap.

TheReplacement's picture

I just want to point out the obvious as a counter point to the obvious point made in the article.  There is one guy who we all know, without doubt, may have done this.  File dates can be manipulated so these mean nothing.

His name is Snowden.

 

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Snowden was not the first.  There were others before him.   But he was the most articulate and he had the pole dancing girlfriend.

 Things like that are what lock in the media which otherwise thinks that Bruce Jenners sexuality is news....

detached.amusement's picture

Binney raises an eyebrow at the assertion, lol

Bastiat's picture

At some point it's a contagion but it's far from that point. It's still a very individual choice with dire individual consequences.  Snowdon's case underscores this-his survival was very unlikely.

SubjectivObject's picture

A school of red herring.

No actionable information, then not a trustworthy hack.

SubjectivObject's picture

A school of red herring.

No actionable information, then not a trustworthy hack.

SubjectivObject's picture

A school of red herring.

No actionable information, then not a trustworthy hack.

SubjectivObject's picture

A school of red herring.

No actionable information, then not a trustworthy hack.

SubjectivObject's picture

A school of red herring.

No actionable information, then not a trustworthy hack.

SubjectivObject's picture

A school of red herring.

No actionable information, then not a trustworthy hack.

SubjectivObject's picture

A school of red herring.

No actionable information, then not a trustworthy hack.

SubjectivObject's picture

A school of red herring.

No actionable information, then not a trustworthy hack.

SubjectivObject's picture

A school of red herring.

No actionable information, then not a trustworthy hack.

SubjectivObject's picture

A school of red herring.

No actionable information, then not a trustworthy hack.

SubjectivObject's picture

A school of red herring.

No actionable information, then not a trustworthy hack.

SubjectivObject's picture

A school of red herring.

No actionable information, then not a trustworthy hack.

SubjectivObject's picture

A school of red herring.

No actionable information, then not a trustworthy hack.

 

edit:  I blame Chrome (junk code if there ever was)

monad's picture

Thats the purpose of all the razzle dazzle psyops you've been enjoying. Confused sheep are effectively and cost effectively immobilized. This is why you have to have a plan before the ops start, and stick to it. Be Prepared wasn't always regarded as the motto of unbalanced cranks who need to be discredited at any cost...

Infocat's picture

The Elite will sooner or later loose control of their overbloated communist state aparatus:

http://www.truthjustice.net/politics/sam-francis-on-the-roots-of-liberal...

Bastiat's picture

The biggest threat to "national security" inside the intelligence realm?  Loss of moral authority.  See The Lives of Others.

 

 

 

 

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

EVIL PREVAILS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING.  AMEN TO THE NSA AGENT WHO DID THIS.  I PRAY FOR YOU.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

EVIL PREVAILS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING.  AMEN TO THE NSA AGENT WHO DID THIS.  I PRAY FOR YOU.

 

Yeah... I know what you mean.

But what kind of agency would be left if they had done this 5 years ago before Libya, Syria and Ukraine went down?!!!

And why didn't these kids inspire them including Snowden to make it stop while they were still holding the "badge" and getting paid for looking the other way???...

Guess Bill Binney stands alone as an icon that wasn't revered enough by his colleagues who thought the money was more important than the "honor"?...

Just sayin!!!

 

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

No "good" money... No "lovey" lovey" long time!!!

Sun Snowden

Winston Churchill's picture

Well, I'm sure it was unintentional, so what difference,at this point,does it make ?

Lost in translation's picture

Snowden = Limited Hangout.

He's still in the employ of the Agency.

Duh...

PleasedToMeatYou's picture

I always feel confident relying on the representations of people who use the expression "Duh...".  They clearly know what they are talking about, and there is no evidence of manipulation. 

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

On your "man" Black who should have been organizing this one 5 years ago when those enlisted kids were holding up the poster board in front of their faces saying they didn't join to fight a war in Syria with Al Qaeda!...

I guess at this point in our final destination to oblivion you can always look at the glass "with one drop left" at the bottom and say better late than never!!!

PleasedToMeatYou's picture

Or, we can actively discourage people from coming out with (un)common sense as they wake up to the snares of tyranny embedded throughout our daily lives, because they did not wake up and come out soon enough to satisfy us. 

Smerf's picture

Where else are you going to find one of Putin's bots.

SirBarksAlot's picture

Pass the tin foil, please.

Just imagine, if you will, that you have control of much of the world's currency via an electronic system, called the www. The currencies have all be over-valued and everyone is about to find out that you ripped them off.

What would you do?