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 blog post published at steemit.com reads.

The Shadow Brokers eventually called it quits in January and disabled its online accounts, only to return in April in a surprise move that involved publishing the password for an encrypted archive containing many Linux and Windows exploits, as well as malware implants supposedly used by the Equation. The NSA has not commented on Shadow Brokers since the group emerged a year ago, or on the contents of past leaks or Friday's ransomware attack.

The threat with the most teeth, however, is the claim that The Shadow Brokers could have more exploits to release, targeting mobile devices or Windows 10, as well as leaked data from the SWIFT banking system or nuke and missile programs in Russia, Iran, China or North Korea.

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Trying to capitalize on the success of the WannaCry ransomware, which used ETERNALBLUE for a self-spreading SMB worm, The Shadow Brokers are now announcing the "TheShadowBrokers Data Dump of the Month" service, a monthly subscription plan.

"It's being like wine of month club", said the blog post, which is written in broken English. 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.

"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. What members doing with data after is up to members.

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It also alleges that Microsoft Corp.is colluding with The Equation Group - "the Microsoft is being BFF with the equation group" - the NSA's hacking group, and that the NSA has spies inside of Microsoft and other top USA technology companies. The group said that the data would be locked behind a subscription fee, but, beyond that, they do not care who buys the data or for what goal it is used.

The group first appeared online in August and claimed that it had access to the arsenal of a cyberespionage group known in the security industry as the Equation, widely believed to be a hacking division of the NSA. Microsoft had already patched the vulnerabilities prior to the attack, but because many organisations had not updated their software, they remained vulnerable.

The Shadow Brokers stated that future leaks could include exploits and hacking tools for web browsers, routers and handsets. However, as researcher Marcy Wheeler points out, simply threatening these leaks can strain relationships between Microsoft and the U.S. government, which may be the real aim. The US government has not commented directly on the matter.

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That move, which cost just $10.69, redirected the attacks to the server of Kryptos Logic, the security company where he works. The Windows vulnerability in question was purportedly identified by the NSA for its own intelligence-gathering purposes.

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