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More bugs may be released: Hacking group

19 May 2017

It is believed that hacking tools that belong to the NSA were leaked online and were used to build into WannaCry ransomware, also known as WannaCrypt, which has ensnared up to 300,000 computers in more than 150 countries. The information is supposed to include data stolen from SWIFT providers and central banks and data from "Russian, Chinese, Iranian, or North Korean nukes and missile programs".

"TheShadowBrokers Data Dump of the Month" is a new monthly subscription model, the group said.

In the blogpost which was made yesterday, the group claiming to be Shadow Brokers, said, "Shadow Brokers feels that it was "being very responsible" about April's dump-the one that resulted in WannaCrypt/WannaCry, and the potential for many more exploits." .

The group has published a statement, albeit in broken English, saying that it has promised to release additional zero-day bugs and exploits for a multitude of desktop and mobile operating systems starting from June 2017.

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

Shadow Brokers, the group that leaked parts of U.S. national security agency's (NSA) cyber weapons stockpile which formed the basis of the recent WannaCry ransomware, said it would release hacking tools every month to those willing to pay for it.

What is "WannaCry" and how does the ransomware work? Each month peoples can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each month.

The ShadowBrokers originally tried to auction the NSA hacking tools that they claimed were from the Equation Group, a hacker group tied to the NSA. Microsoft had already patched the vulnerabilities prior to the attack, but because many organisations had not updated their software, they remained vulnerable.

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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.

While the motives of the Shadow Brokers remains unknown, it claimed that it wasn't interested in the bug bounties paid by software firms for vulnerabilities found in their code or selling to "cyber thugs".

"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. "75% of USA cyber arsenal".

It is unknown whether the Shadow Brokers genuinely have further tools stolen from the NSA or whether the group will make good on its threats. However, as researcher Marcy Wheeler points out, simply threatening these leaks can strain relationships between Microsoft and the USA government, which may be the real aim.

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