Government Exposes Documents Detailing Sensitive NSA Software, Surveillance ProgramsTim Cushing / Techdirt - 2 years ago
  • The exposed data was discovered by security researcher Chris Vickery, who informed the government about the leak back in October.
  • On September 27th, 2017, UpGuard Director of Cyber Risk Research Chris Vickery discovered an Amazon Web Services S3 cloud storage bucket configured for public access.
  • The three downloadable files contained in the bucket confirm the highly sensitive nature of the contents, exposing national security data, some of it explicitly classified.
  • The largest file is an Oracle Virtual Appliance (.ova) file titled “ssdev,” which, when loaded into VirtualBox, is revealed to contain a virtual hard drive and Linux-based operating system likely used for receiving Defense Department data from a remote location.