Hackers behind stolen NSA tool for WannaCry: More leaks coming

Hackers behind stolen NSA tool for WannaCry: More leaks coming

The hacking group that leaked the American spy tool used in last week's ransomware attack has threatened to unleash more sophisticated cyberweapons, bank data and nuclear secrets.

As a final offer, the Shadow Brokers have said that if someone buys the entire horde of data, they will "go dark permanently", having no financial incentive to continue.

Members are being promised exploits for web browsers, routers, smartphones, operating systems (notably including Windows 10), compromised data from banks and Swift providers and, in a unusual twist, stolen network information from Russian, Chinese, Iranian and North Korean nuclear missile programs.

In a blog post, the Shadow Brokers blamed the United States government and technology companies for the global ransomware attack on Friday, saying that... It adds, "Each month peoples can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each month". Described as "being like wine of month club", such a subscription service would attract a great deal of interest from intelligence agencies and would-be hackers alike, particularly if - as the group suggests - it includes access to Windows 10 exploits.

Microsoft said on Tuesday it was aware of Shadow Brokers' most recent claim and that its security teams monitor potential threats in order to "help us prioritise and take appropriate action". He says cyber security leaders should pay attention to what Shadow Brokers does next. "They claim they still have zero-days". The WannaCry ransomware attack had exploited a vulnerability in Windows OS called EternalBlue, for which Microsoft had sent a patch in March. Yet it still caused problems on many thousands of unpatched systems. When that didn't work, it tried selling exploits in smaller bundles. In the Tuesday letter, they said they weren't "interested in stealing grandmothers' retirement money", but wanted to send a message to the Equation Group, a hacking group linked to the NSA. After failing to get a bidder for the leaked files, the Shadow Brokers released a part of their horde in April 2017, some of which was subsequently incorporated into the WannaCry ransomware.

Despite the availability of fixes, the exploits that the Shadow Brokers still have could lead to even more damage on a global scale.

The Shadow Brokers has previously attempted to raise funds from its range of hacked data.

"Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage." - said Microsoft's Brad Smith - "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". But if the subscription service launches in June as stated, he expects there will be subscribers.

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