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[liberationtech] In his own words: Confessions of a cyber warrior

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at appelbaum.net
Wed Jul 10 06:43:01 PDT 2013


Andreas Bader:
> Eugen Leitl:
> 
>> Grimes: How many exploits does your unit have access to?
>>
>> Cyber warrior: Literally tens of thousands -- it's more than that. We have
>> tens of thousands of ready-to-use bugs in single applications, single
>> operating systems.
>>
>> Grimes: Is most of it zero-days?
>>
>> Cyber warrior: It's all zero-days. Literally, if you can name the software or
>> the controller, we have ways to exploit it. There is no software that isn't
>> easily crackable. In the last few years, every publicly known and patched bug
>> makes almost no impact on us. They aren't scratching the surface.
> 
> 
> Tens of thousands zero-days; that sounds like totally shit. That guy
> seems to be a script kiddie poser, nothing more.
> Are there any real "hackers" that can issue a competent statement to that?
> 

I couldn't disagree more. This sounds consistent with the current arms
race and also relates directly to the 0day markets that have been active
for many many years. Remember though: buying 0day bugs or exploits for
0day is just one part of a much larger picture.

All the best,
Jacob




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