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"Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab turned Harold T. Martin III in to the NSA after receiving strange Twitter messages in 2016 from an account linked to him".
"Martin used an anonymous Twitter account with the name 'HAL999999999' to send five cryptic, private messages to two researchers at [Kaspersky Lab]."

"After each researcher responded to the confusion messages, Hal blocked them."

August 13, 2016 was the first message to the Kaspersky Lab researchers.

"So... figure out how how we talk. With Yevgeny present."

"Shelf life, three weeks."

"The two messages arrived just 30 minutes before an anonymous group known as Shadow Brokers began dumping classified NSA tools online."

"The Twitter messages, alongside clues the researchers found that linked the Twitter account to Hal Martin and his work with the intelligence community, led to them thinking he was connected to the Shadow Brokers, so they told the NSA."

August 15, 2016.

Hal Martin: "Still considering it."

Researcher #2: "What are you considering?"

Hal Martin: "Understanding of what we are all fighting for... and that goes beyond you and me. Same dilemma as last 10 min of latest Bourne."

Hal Martin: "Actually, this is probably more accurate m[dot]youtube[dot]com/watch?v=oeN-jD...

Apparently the YouTube link is meant to be the ending of Inception.

What a great film. What a great MOVIE.

On August 22, 2016, an employee at Kaspersky Lab contacted an employee at the National Security Agency he had met at a recent conference and provided him the evidence of Hal Martin, his identity and the messages.

That explains how Martin was quickly discovered and arrested on August 27, 2016.

This wasn't August 15, 2016. I messed the time up. He blocked the first researcher on August 16, and then on August 18, sent the messages to the second researcher.

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