NSA Contract With VUPEN Revealed
The National Security Agency is considered by some to have the best roster of hackers in the world; but sometimes even the best need some help. That may well be the reason the NSA became a customer of French hacking-tools vendor Vupen in 2012.
The spying agency, which has been scrutinized of late for its top secret surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden, bought a one-year subscription to Vupen's Binary Analysis and Exploits service in 2012, as revealed on Tuesday by documents obtained by MuckRock through a Freedom of Information Act request.
It's unclear exactly what kind of service the NSA acquired, as the contract (.PDF), dated Sept. 14, 2012, has a lot of details redacted, including the amount paid.
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