Open Source Security

Internal Docs Show Why the U.S. Military Publishes North Korean and Russian Malware

A previously secret document obtained by Motherboard shows how, and why, CYBERCOM is publicly releasing malware from adversaries.

Newly released and previously secret documents explain in greater detail how, and why, a section of the U.S. military decides to publicly release a steady stream of adversarial countries’ malware, including hacking tools from North Korea and Russia. Cyber Command, or CYBERCOM, publishes the malware samples onto VirusTotal, a semi-public repository that researchers and defenders can then pore over to make systems more secure.

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