In the summer of 2015, a hacker called Karpeles announced that he had discovered a new kind of server farm—a single computer that hosts multiple remote computers.
This was a major breakthrough, in that it allowed an attacker to create a persistent threat to all users, including the attacker himself.
The hacker, known as Karp, also revealed that the attack was being used by a foreign government to spy on people in the United States.
That was in August of 2015.
A year later, Karp and his colleagues were in talks with the FBI and other agencies to get a warrant to launch the attack.
The FBI and the National Security Agency wanted to know more about the attackers motivation.
In January of 2016, they received a new threat assessment that confirmed that Karp’s attack had the capability of creating a persistent, “black box” attack, that could take days or weeks to deploy.
The threat assessment also said that the attacker was likely to use the attack to steal sensitive data and that he was “highly motivated” to do so.
The new threat also indicated that the attackers targets included the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Nations.
In March, the FBI briefed the U.S. House Intelligence Committee about Karpes attack, and they asked the FBI to publicly acknowledge the threat assessment.
The House committee issued a report in July of 2016 calling the attack a “new and serious threat” to U.