Group linked to NSA spy leaks threatens sale of new tech secrets

Group linked to NSA spy leaks threatens sale of new tech secrets

In June, TheShadowBrokers is announcing "TheShadowBrokers Data Dump of the Month" service.

The post explains Shadow Brokers main motivation in its activities as a competition of sorts, pitting itself against the NSA.

In a blog post, the Shadow Brokers blamed the U.S. government and technology companies for the global ransomware attack on Friday, saying that...

"NSA identified a risk and communicated it to Microsoft, who put out an immediate patch", Mike McNerney, a former Pentagon cybersecurity official and a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, told The Washington Post.

Shadow Brokers' new claim that it possesses information on the nuclear programmes of state governments is extremely worrisome, said Mr Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist for Washington think-tank Centre for Democracy and Technology.

"Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage." - said Microsoft's Brad Smith - "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".

These were then used by as-yet unidentified attackers to help spread "WannaCry" ransomware that hijacked computers around the world on Friday, causing chaos in hospitals and telecoms firms.

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Imagine a loot box - but for security exploits. Earlier this year, it dumped more, including exploits targeting Windows computers, after failing to sell them in an online auction.

The Shadow Brokers' theft and subsequent leaks are one of the worst, if not the worst, crisis to hit the NSA.

The Shadow Brokers' first dump of exploits in August sparked a robust discussion within the Obama administration.

Microsoft had previously patched the vulnerability, but many computers had not installed the updates and were left exposed. While later reports have questioned how much of a role the Shadow Brokers actually had in the leak of the exploits, what is known without a doubt is that the exploits in their possession did indeed originate from the NSA, as confirmed by the Snowden documents. There's little stopping people from unleashing new attacks that similarly repackage EternalBlue or possibly other risky exploits already released by Shadow Brokers.

"The Equation Group are our nation's top hackers", he says, referring to the group which Shadow Brokers claims to have pilfered a stockpile of exploits and tools. The threat to release monthly data dumps, like a wine of the month club, starts in June. What members doing with data after is up to members.

The group also promised to include compromised financial data from the SWIFT worldwide payment order system, used by banks to transfer trillions of dollars each day, as well as confidential data from several central banks.

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