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

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

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.

"In June, TheShadowBrokers is announcing "TheShadowBrokers Data Dump of the Month" service", they wrote. After failing to get a bidder for the leaked files, the Shadow Brokers leaked in April 2017 a part of their horde, some of which was subsequently incorporated into the WannaCry ransomware. But if the subscription service launches in June as stated, he expects there will be subscribers.

The release included a Windows SMB [Server Message Block] exploit, EternalBlue, which was leveraged in the recent WannaCry global ransomware attack. In a broken-English blog post yesterday, the group claimed to possess "compromised network data from Russian, Chinese, Iranian, or North Korean nukes and missile programs". Is being like wine of month club. The post indicated those who are willing can pay a monthly membership fee and how members will use the data they purchase would be up to them.

As a final offer, the Shadow Brokers have said that if someone buys the entire horde of data, they will "go dark permanently", having no financial incentive to continue.

As a quick refresher, a hacking group known as the Shadow Brokers released a treasure trove of NSA exploits and hacking tools just a few weeks ago. Microsoft has connected previous exploits of its products released by the mysterious Shadow Brokers group to tools which were stolen from NSA cyber warfare operations. It renewed debate over how and when intelligence agencies must disclose vulnerabilities used in cyber spying programs.

The WannaCry attack stoked fears that the spy agency's powerful cyber weapons could now be turned to criminal use, ratcheting up cyber security threats to a new level.

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The Shadow Brokers stated that future leaks could include exploits and hacking tools for web browsers, routers and handsets.

A spokesman for the group, which calls itself Shadow Brokers, claimed in a blog post on Tuesday that some of those computer bugs may be released on a monthly basis, as part of a new subscription-based business model that attempts to mimic what has proven successful for companies such as Spotify, Netflix, Blue Apron and many more.

Microsoft said on Tuesday it was aware of Shadow Brokers' most recent claim and that its security teams monitor potential threats in order to "help us prioritise and take appropriate action".

"Because simply by threatening another leak after leaking two sets of Microsoft exploits, Shadow Brokers will ratchet up the hostility between Microsoft and the government".

"TheEquationGroup is having spies inside Microsoft and other US technology companies".

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