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NSA feared its hacking tool would get loose; then it did

NSA feared its hacking tool would get loose; then it did

The Shadow Brokers member further says that Redmond is upset due to the bad PR surrounding the global shutdown caused by the WannaCry ransomware, which affected 2 lakh Windows PCs in around 150 countries. This includes a cohort of zero-day vulnerabilities in some of the well-known web browsers, network routers, phone handsets and Microsoft's latest operating system - Windows 10.

In the post, which will worry security agencies and companies around the world, the Shadow Brokers said: "In June, TheShadowBrokers is announcing "TheShadowBrokers Data Dump of the Month" service". These tools were dumped by the Shadow Brokers last month after a failed attempt to auction off the exploits. The group proposed a "monthly subscription model" for dumps, beginning in June - despite the fact that earlier plans to auction the vulnerabilities didn't pan out.

The group goes on to claim that it has spies inside Microsoft among other USA technology companies and says it plans to sell off new exploits every month from June onwards.

The hacking group that helped enable last week's global ransomware attack is threatening to make public even more computer vulnerabilities in the coming weeks - including "compromised network data" pertaining to the nuclear missile programmes of China, Iran, Russia and North Korea, as well as secret exploits affecting Windows 10, which is run by millions of computers around the world.

The WannaCry ransomware attack is said to be the biggest cyber attack of its kind in history.




"It's being like wine of month club", said the blog post, which is written in broken English. "ShadowBrokers are back", tweeted Matthieu Suiche, a French hacker and founder of the United Arab Emirates-based cyber security firm Comae Technologies, who has studied the Shadow Broker releases and believes the group has access to NSA files. The post indicated those who are willing can pay a monthly membership fee and how members will use the data they purchase would be up to them.

What subscribers will do with these exploits and data will be up to them, the group said.

The group first appeared online in August and claimed that it had access to the arsenal of a cyberespionage group known in the security industry as the Equation, widely believed to be a hacking division of the NSA.

The group claims that a screenshot it posted in January alerted the Equation Group that it had access to the EternalBlue exploit, and that this was responsible for Microsoft missing a security update in February.

Although nobody knows who the Shadow Brokers are, various theories point to either a disgruntled insider or a group with ties to Russian Federation. The US government has not commented directly on the matter.


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