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After WannaCry, the Shadow Brokers promise to unleash more NSA exploits soon

20 May 2017, 12:44 | Kristen Gross

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The Shadow Brokers said they'll release more details about their monthly data dump in June, including how interested subscribers could sign up. The bad news is that the hacking collecting responsible for releasing the exploit upon which the WannaCry ransomware is based on is planning to release more Windows exploits and hacking tools to anyone willing to pay.

WannaCry spread using a flaw in versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system that were leaked in mid-April by Shadow Brokers, which said it had found the exploits in NSA servers that it had breached earlier.

The group claims that they have been able to collect "compromised network data from Russian, Chinese, Iranian, or North Korean nukes and missile programs", banking information and Windows 10 exploits. Obviously, the group could not care less about the harm this "data dumping service" could cause. The threat to release monthly data dumps, like a wine of the month club, starts in June. It adds, "Each month peoples can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each month". What members doing with data after is up to members.

The group said it would shut down operations permanently providing a "responsible party is buying all lost data before it is being sold", a comment seemingly addressed towards the NSA.

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The Shadow Brokers stated that future leaks could include exploits and hacking tools for web browsers, routers and handsets. It said it was "taking pride in picking adversary equal to or better than selves, a worthy opponent" and that it was "always being about theshadowbrokers vs theequationgroup [a sophisticated hacking team believed to be operated by the NSA ]". It renewed debate over how and when intelligence agencies must disclose vulnerabilities used in cyber spying programs.

Shadow Brokers directly attacks Microsoft exec Brad Smith, whose name was on the company's statement, calling him a "scumbag" and questioning his company's links to the NSA. Windows 10 users and the users which were running latest updates on their software remained unaffected by the recent ransomware wave. However, as researcher Marcy Wheeler points out, simply threatening these leaks can strain relationships between Microsoft and the USA government, which may be the real aim.

Shadow Brokers claims to have about 75 per cent of the US cyber-arsenal, says Sean Dillon, senior security analyst at RiskSense.

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".

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