China has claimed to have captured a US spy tool that is used for hacking into systems, “stealing information” and controlling global internet equipment.
The tool, which has been described as a “Trojan Horse”, is reportedly used by the US National Security Agency (NSA). Trojan horse in computing refers to any malicious software hackers use to access other devices. The software reportedly used by the NSA is known as NOPEN.
It was reportedly found by China’s National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center (NCVERC).
According to NCVER, NOPEN is mostly used for stealing files, accessing systems, taking control of network communication, and lifting or viewing information from a targeted device.
NCVERC argued the software could be used with other cyber weapons – and claimed it is a typical tool used for cyber spying.
The spy system is said to have controlled global internet equipment and stolen large amounts of users’ information in the past.
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