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After WannaCry, the Shadow Brokers promise to unleash more NSA exploits soon

18 May 2017

The group is responsible for the release of the National Security Agency's (NSA) hacking exploits which highlighted a Windows vulnerability used by hackers in the recent WannaCry global ransomware attack. They released NSA's hacking tools which was the main reason behind those attacks.

Now the shadowy group has announced that they plan to sell more exploits to anyone willing to pay, on a monthly basis, starting next month in June.

The group went quiet for a while before resurfacing on 8 April with a new update which it said was in response to President Trump's order to bomb a Syrian airfield.

The leaks, and the global WannaCry virus attack, have renewed debate over how and when intelligence agencies should disclose vulnerabilities used in cyber spying programs to so that businesses and consumers can better defend themselves against attacks. According to them, the list includes "web browser, router, handset exploits and tools, exploits for Windows 10, compromised network data from more SWIFT providers and Central banks".

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British media outlets said a group of hackers who claim to have carried out the cyberattacks say they have information regarding North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. 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.

The group appears to have no qualms regarding the harm that could come from the sale of the stolen data as the subscription service appears to be open to anyone, from tech enthusiasts to terrorist organizations.

In this message, an individual claims to be a member of the said hacker group and has taken credit for the havoc reeked by the WannaCry (pt) ransomware attack that was part of the previous data dump leaked by them.

Now, the same group is threatening to release even more hacking tools on the internet, which are part of a larger collection of exploits that they claim they stole a year ago from another hacker group that is believed to have been affiliated with the NSA. "Is being like wine of month club", its post states; Blue Apron for malware. 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.

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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.

Dillon believes that once somebody gets data dump from the hackers, the exploits would likely become public.

Two months before the WannaCrypt exploit hit the wild Microsoft released a patch, suggesting some cooperation between NSA and the software company.

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