The New York Times on Sunday published a detailed look at how the National Security Agency, the US's largest and most secretive intelligence agency, had been deeply infiltrated over the past year.
Expensive NSA cyberweapons are now for sale to hostile countries and have already been used in cyberattacks against the public.
Now doubt surrounds the NSA, and experts wonder whether the agency can do its job at all.
The National Security Agency, the US's largest and most secretive intelligence agency, has been deeply infiltrated by anonymous hackers, as detailed in a New York Times exposé published Sunday.
The NSA, which compiles massive troves of data on US citizens and organizes cyberoffensives against the US's enemies, was deeply compromised by a group known as the Shadow Brokers, which has made headlines in the past year in connection to the breach, whose source remains unclear.
by PAUL STREET
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It doesn't take much, just a sentence or a turn-of-phrase, sometimes even just a word or two, to give the game away.
Take these words that became ubiquitous among U.S. media and political elites referring to the United States of America in the wake of 9/11: "the homeland," "defense of the homeland," "homeland defense," "homeland security."