Shadow Brokers resurface, offer to sell fresh 'wine of month' club exploits

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Shadow Brokers, the group that previously leaked the tools responsible for the global ransomware attack that followed, has threatened that it would soon release more Windows related exploits and the associated malware.

The exploit, codenamed EternalBlue, was first discovered by the NSA, but leaked to the world after the Shadow Brokers stole the agency's hacking arsenal.

National security journalist Marcy Wheeler has suggested that Shadow Brokers' recent claims of a new Windows 10 exploit might be a deliberate attempt to inflame tensions between Microsoft and the United States government. Though the Shadow Brokers' online statement did not mention any other tech industry product by name, there was mention of threats to dump data from banks using the SWIFT worldwide money transfer network and to dump data from Russian, Chinese, Iranian or North Korean nuclear and missile programs.

Given that the Wannacry attack has already proven the potency of the materials in their possession, it is rather alarming to consider what could be contained in their next set of leaks, especially if they actually have information regarding the nuclear programs of countries.

What is "WannaCry" and how does the ransomware work? It adds, "Each month peoples can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each month". The threat to release monthly data dumps, like a wine of the month club, starts in June.

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.

At least not until the Shadow Brokers released screenshots of the Equation Group's stolen "2013 Windows Ops Disk".

Stolen network information from Russian, Chinese, Iranian, and North Korean nuclear missile programs. Earlier this year, it dumped more, including exploits targeting Windows computers, after failing to sell them in an online auction.

The group has published a statement, albeit in broken English, saying that it has promised to release additional zero-day bugs and exploits for a multitude of desktop and mobile operating systems starting from June 2017. They're now threatening to sell these hacking tools, which are way more risky and lethal.

Elsewhere in the article, the paper, citing people who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: "The agency eventually warned Microsoft after learning about EternalBlue's theft, allowing the company to prepare a software patch issued in March".

On the other hand, instead of telling them to Microsoft to patch up those vulnerabilities, it could bring forth a tumultuous situation as far as online security is concerned.

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.

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