Shadow Brokers says "would release new exploit for Windows 10"

Gwen Vasquez
May 19, 2017

Regarding the type of exploits the Shadow Brokers is promising to deliver, the group says it will deliver exploits for web browsers, routers, handsets and more.

However, the most surprising info bundle up for the offer, as mentioned in the message, will have to be the compromised network data from Russian, Chinese, Iranian, or North Korean nukes and missile programs.

The Shadow Brokers was responsible for leaking EternalBlue, the Windows SMB exploit that was used by attackers in recent days to infect hundreds of thousands of computers around the world with the WannaCry ransomware program.

Hacking tools believed to belong to the NSA that were leaked online last month were built into WannaCry ransomware - also known as WannaCrypt - that swept the globe on Friday. The group teased more details would come out next month. Each month peoples can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each month. 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. "This is always being about theshadowbrokers vs theequationgroup", they said.

The cyber security community has been combing through the blog post and other indicators for the Shadow Broker's intentions.

ShadowBrokers first surfaced a year ago offering for sale a suite of hacking tools stolen from the US National Security Agency, leaking bits to demonstrate what they had in their possession.

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"ShadowBrokers are back" tweeted Matthieu Suiche, a French hacker and founder of the United Arab Emirates-based cyber security firm Comae Technologies, who has studied the Shadow Broker releases and believes the group has access to NSA files.

The 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 whole new level.

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.

Though the ransomware component of the tool largely worked as intended without the use of exotic methods, Kapersky wrote, the use of the NSA exploit allowed the attack to spread much more quickly than it could have otherwise.

Interestingly enough, the NSA exploits the Shadow Brokers have may have come from a former NSA contractor who is said to have absconded with 50 terabytes of classified data and upwards of 75% of the hacking tools used and developed by the NSA's Tailored Access Operations unit. "One can not make out the true meaning behind Shadow Brokers" actions. "Microsoft has been critical of the USA government over this stockpiling of vulnerability code, and said this was equivalent to the government losing it stock of 'Tomahawk missiles".

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