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This article was published on August 18, 2016

    We matched the most ridiculously-named NSA malware to GIFs so you don’t have to

    We matched the most ridiculously-named NSA malware to GIFs so you don’t have to
    Bryan Clark
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    Bryan Clark

    Former Managing Editor, TNW

    Bryan is a freelance journalist. Bryan is a freelance journalist.

    After the NSA hack earlier this week, the hackers — ‘Shadow Group’ — released a treasure trove of free files obtained from offshoot ‘Equation Group.’ We’re still not sure who’s behind the hack — Snowden thinks it’s Russia — or how up-to-date the information is (it’s said to be from 2010-2013), but right now, none of this matters.

    We just managed to see the names of some of these exploits, implants and tools used by NSA hackers and let me tell you, it’s hilarious. Rather than just share them, we felt it appropriate to attempt to match them to GIFs that come up when we searched the names in Giphy.

    Yes, all of these names are real.

    EGREGIOUS BLUNDER

    WOBBLY LLAMA

    EPIC BANANA

    EXTRA BACON

    ZESTY LEEK

    DURABLE NAPKIN

    PANDA ROCK

    This is just the beginning there are easily a dozen more that would have made anyone on the other end of these names scratch their head. All told, the NSA used the word ‘banana’ in at least four tools. With the emphasis on phallic fruit in its naming conventions, I’m going to make an educated guess that it’s a mostly male department.