Chinese intelligence agents acquired National Security Agency hacking tools and repurposed them in 2016 to attack US allies and private companies in Europe and Asia, a leading cybersecurity firm has discovered. The episode is the latest evidence that the United States has lost control of key parts of its cybersecurity arsenal.

Based on the timing of the attacks and clues in the computer code, researchers with the firm Symantec believe the Chinese did not steal the code but captured it from an NSA attack on their own computers — like a gunslinger who grabs an enemy's rifle and starts blasting

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