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Ghidra, a public reverse-engineering tool developed by the National Security Agency

The source code is available for download at along with the 9.0.2 patch.

NSA’s Ghidra Reverse Engineering Framework Stirs Up Malware Researchers

The National Security Agency released a free, public version of Ghidra, a set of tools developed internally for software reverse engineering. The agency will also release Ghidra’s source code, allowing users to improve the framework’s feature set and turn it into a more effective tool.

Ghidra became known in the security community after WikiLeaks published the “Vault 7” documents, which referenced it as a reverse engineering tool created by the NSA’s Research Directorate, among hacking tools used by the Central Intelligence Agency.

If you’re wondering why the NSA made these tools available, senior advisor for the NSA Robert Joyce said the move was powered by the need to improve cybersecurity tools, to build a community, to educate new talent, and to show what the agency uses the tax money for.

Of course, since this is what the agency uses internally for reversing engineering software, opening it to a larger audience means that NSA can have it improved with code from contributors.

NSA rolled out a version of Ghidra for the public, available for macOS, Windows, and Linux on a dedicated website. A GitHub repository is also present, where the code is expected to be published. Joyce spoke (slides here) about how the toolkit can be used and discussed its strong points.

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This Business Insider article was originally published May 13, 2010
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his company are suddenly facing a big new round of scrutiny and criticism about their cavalier attitude toward user privacy.
An early instant messenger exchange Mark had with a college friend won’t help put these concerns to rest.
According to SAI sources, the following exchange is between a 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg and a friend shortly after Mark launched The Facebook in his dorm room:
Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask.
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don’t know why.
Zuck: They “trust me”
Zuck: Dumb fucks.

An algorithm wipes clean the criminal pasts of thousands

“When we started to do this by hand, we recognised very rapidly that this was going to take a long time.” He enlisted Code For America, a non-profit organisation that works on creating Silicon Valley-esque solutions to problems within the many antiquated systems powering the US government. The group had made Clear My Record, a tool that can analyse text in court files, using character recognition to decipher scanned documents. It discards any record involving a violent crime, as such records do not qualify. For those that remain, the tool automatically fills out the necessary paperwork. In other words, the algorithm replaced the process being done manually at the expungement clinics.



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