Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Shadow Brokers threaten to release new exploits, including for Windows 10


Their claims has yet to be verified, however, the hacking group has so far disclosed significant information using hacking tools stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency.

From the letter, it looks like group tried auctioning these hacking tools, but they didn't really find buyers for the same.

It also threatened to dump data from banks using the SWIFT global money transfer network and from Russian, Chinese, Iranian or North Korean nuclear and missile programs, without providing further details.

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The group is clearly emboldened by its success (if you want to call it that), after releasing numerous zero-day exploits acquired from the NSA's Equation Group, after they were left on a staging server.

In the wake of the massive global WannaCry ransomware attacks, worldwide governments and software vendors have begun playing the blame game. According to them, the list includes "web browser, router, handset exploits and tools, exploits for Windows 10, compromised network data from more SWIFT providers and Central banks". The hackers say that anyone who is willing to pay a subscription fee would have access to the sensitive information. The group is also promising that June will be the data dump month. Is being like wine of month club.

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ShadowBrokers first surfaced a year ago offering for sale a suite of hacking tools stolen from the US National Security Agency, leaking bits to demonstrate what they had in their possession. "Each month peoples [sic] can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each month". Shadow Brokers hinted that this problem could be prevented if NSA would pay for all the tools.

Microsoft did provide a patch for the vulnerability but a lot of machines were still exposed as they had not installed the updates.

It isn't clear where the Shadow Brokers got the NSA hacking tools, but the arrest of former NSA contractor Harold T. Martin III last August for stealing a massive amount of data has made him the most likely suspect.

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The leaked WannaCry software has also caused a rift between Microsoft and the USA government, with the Redmond-based company criticizing the NSA for holding on to exploits.

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