2. Worse than Snowden: "World in Danger"
"Deep Security Breach Cripples N.S.A.," says the stark headline atop today's N.Y. Times front page. "Mysterious Group Steals Powerful Hacking Weapons, Putting World in Danger ... A serial leak of the agency's cyberweapons has damaged morale, slowed intelligence operations and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide."
- I can't remember a newspaper sounding an alarm at quite that decibel before. The article by Scott Shane, Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger explores the unsolved massive theft and leak, perhaps by Russia, from the National Security Agency, America's secret international electronic spying authority.
The hackers, calling themselves the Shadow Brokers, are a "mysterious group that ... somehow obtained many of the hacking tools the United States used to spy on other countries":
- "[T]here is broad agreement that the damage from the Shadow Brokers already far exceeds the harm to American intelligence done by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor who fled with four laptops of classified material in 2013."
- A brilliant distillation: "Snowden released code words, while the Shadow Brokers have released the actual code."
- Why it matters: "[T]he flood of digital secrets ... is raising profound questions. Have hackers and leakers made secrecy obsolete? Has Russian intelligence simply outplayed the United States, penetrating the most closely guarded corners of its government?"
- Obviously worthy of your time.
P.S. Wall Street Journal front page: "Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S. ... Company 42%-owned by the Chinese government [Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology] sold devices that monitor U.S. Army base, Memphis streets, sparking concerns about cybersecurity." (Subscription)