WASHINGTON — Analysis of the cyberweapons that hackers say they extracted from the top secret National Security Agency has left a key team of outside experts increasingly certain the files came from the NSA.
The Russia-based Kaspersky Lab, which has been at the forefront into research of NSA techniques, said it found 347 instances of encryption algorithms in the leaked files that have been seen previously only in NSA-linked computer programming.
A successful hack of the NSA — if that’s what happened — would mark a major defeat for one of the crown jewels of the U.S. government’s defense establishment. The NSA’s hacking unit has been credited with sophisticated cyberweapons, including the code that is credited with crippling the Iranian nuclear program.
A mysterious group calling itself the Shadow Brokers announced over the weekend that it had penetrated the NSA, stolen sophisticated cyber weapons and digital tools, and opened a global auction for the sale of the still-secret most valuable ones.
Yemen missile kills 7
CAIRO — Seven people were killed in Saudi Arabia when a missile fired from Yemen struck a commercial district in the city of Najran, the kingdom’s official news media confirmed on Wednesday.
The attack, on Tuesday evening, appeared to have been carried out by Houthi militias in northern Yemen in retaliation for a series of deadly airstrikes by the Saudi-led military coalition on Monday and Tuesday. Those strikes killed 35 people.
India’s PM warns China
From the sandstone walls of the 17th-century Red Fort in India’s capital, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a warning shot this week to his counterparts in Islamabad and Beijing.
Mr. Modi’s reference to disputed territories on Monday during his annual Independence Day speech— his most high-profile appearance of the year — signaled that India would become more aggressive in asserting its claims to Pakistan-controlled areas of Kashmir.
ANC fails at coalition
JOHANNESBURG — In a continuing shake-up of South Africa’s political order, the long-governing African National Congress on Wednesday appeared at risk of losing power in Johannesburg, the nation’s commercial capital, after failing to form a coalition government.
The party, which received the most votes in the city in the Aug. 3 local elections but not enough to govern outright, was rebuffed in its efforts to build a coalition with the second-biggest opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters.