Early Saturday morning, a group of hackers calling themselves The Shadow Brokers made a shocking claim: they had hacked an NSA-linked group, and were selling the spy agency’s “cyber weapons” to the highest bidder.

In a rambling manifesto, the hackers said their motives for exposing the NSA-linked team known as “Equation Group” were to “make sure Wealthy Elite recognizes the danger cyber weapons.”

“This message, our auction, poses to their wealth and control,” the hackers wrote. “If Equation Group lose control of cyber weapons, who else lose or find cyber weapons? If electronic data go bye bye where leave Wealthy Elites? Maybe with dumb cattle?”

But despite this bizarre, disjointed statement, security experts see other motives behind the dump of several hacking tools believed to belong to the NSA: whoever is behind it wanted to send a warning message.

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