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Some of the materials in Martin’s possession were also found among The Shadow Brokers. The group listed NSA hacking tools and state secrets for $500 million. The Shadow Group leaked NSA code in August that was used to infiltrate the networks of foreign governments. When news of the leak broke, Snowden speculated in a tweet that Russia was the perpetrator.
An insider may have also shared the secrets with The Shadow Brokers. However, besides the similarity in the materials Martin had, no link has been found, according to officials.
The complaint alleges that among the classified documents found in the search were six classified documents obtained from sensitive intelligence and produced by a government agency in 2014. These documents were produced through sensitive government sources, methods, and capabilities, which are critical to a wide variety of national security issues. The disclosure of the documents would reveal those sensitive sources, methods, and capabilities.
The documents have been reviewed by a person designated as an original classification authority, and in each instance, the authority has determined that the documents are currently and properly classified as Top Secret, meaning that unauthorized disclosure reasonably could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the United States.
Law enforcement officials say the suspect stole codes used to hack into the networks of foreign governments like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. Like the exiled Snowden, Martin worked for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. The firm guides the federal government’s cybersecurity initiatives.
raises the question of how for the second time in three years a disgruntled Booz Allen Hamilton employee has managed to steal secret information
Harold Martin, 51, was employed by Booz Allen Hamilton, the same firm where NSA leaker Edward Snowden was a contractor when he took a huge cache of classified documents
The FBI learned about the insider breach in mid-August, when a group calling itself The Shadow Brokers offered to sell NSA hacking tools and other secrets
Martin and The Shadow Brokers had some of the same materials, according to officials
Shadow Brokers posted a message on Github, since removed, stating it would auction off a variety of “cyber weapons” obtained by hacking another shadowy organization called Equation Group. Kaspersky Lab has linked Equation Group to a variety of malware types, including Stuxnet and Flame, which are associated with attacks supposedly launched by the United States. However, the company will not directly confirm or deny if Equation Group is associated with any U.S. government agency.