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A Group Linked to Leaking NSA Spying Tools Is Making Another Threat

A Group Linked to Leaking NSA Spying Tools Is Making Another Threat

The group's monthly data dump could also include hacking exploits for web browsers, routers, and operating systems including Windows 10. "Each month peoples can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each month". Payment will likely be made in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin given the group's ransom demands in previous cyber attacks.

Although experts say the Shadow Brokers do not appear to have been directly involved in the WannaCry crisis, leaking the exploit in the first place was a major step toward facilitating the attack.

In a blog post published Tuesday, titled, "Oh Lordy!"

WannaCry ransomware attack: Hacker group Shadow Brokers have come out to warn that more such attacks could take place in the future. The group also says the EternalBlue exploit is not a "zero-day one' (this kind of bug or vulnerability is something which has never been discovered before), but rather says the security patch was available for 30 days, before they decide to dump the data to the public".

Previously, the group had merely sought to sell its hacking tools to the highest bidder.

It also caused a public statement from Microsoft attacking the United States government for stockpiling software exploits, arguing: "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". Another NSA employee was also arrested in 2015, but no information has been released about the individual.

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"Simply by threatening another leak after leaking two sets of Microsoft exploits, Shadow Brokers will ratchet up the hostility between Microsoft and the government", Wheeler wrote. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and others confirmed the leak was authentic.

He added that most of the exploits The Shadow Brokers May release are still patchable, though exploits to Android handsets might remain "devastating".

The group plans to sell more Equation exploits and cyberespionage data through a subscription-based service.

The leaks, and the global WannaCry virus attack, have renewed debate over how and when intelligence agencies should disclose vulnerabilities used in cyber spying programs to so that businesses and consumers can better defend themselves against attacks.

Since the Shadow Brokers posted their first message to the internet last August, they've repetitively talked about the Equation Group's role in US cyber-espionage efforts. At the end of the letter, the hacker group hinted the NSA could make all these problems go away if the agency paid up for the tools.

The Shadow Brokers said it made a decision to share screenshots from the NSA Equation Group's lost 2013 Windows Ops Disk in January, with the understanding that the Equation Group would then tell Microsoft and the vulnerability would be patched. A spokeswoman for Microsoft said it was now once again preparing a response.


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