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Shadow Brokers hacker group says more NSA leaks to come

19 May 2017

It references its posting of screenshots of Windows exploits from its haul, a development it credits for Microsoft's release of an SMB (Server Message Block) patch in March, before attempting to justify its release of tools a month later in April, warning there was a lot more where that came from. The time period varies, but vendors usually get a least a month, in theory allowing them to close the hole before hackers can independently discover and begin exploiting it.

The fresh Shadow Brokers statement is lengthy, decrying the lack of support for its previous auction, Google Project Zero's alleged links to The Equation Group, the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and Microsoft's terse response following the WannaCry incident. "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".

Previously, the group had merely sought to sell its hacking tools to the highest bidder. It also claimed to have "compromised network data from Russian, Chinese, Iranian or North Korean nukes and missile programs".

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In its Tuesday blog post, the group expressed its surprise that governments or tech companies didn't bid in its past auctions.

The Shadow Brokers appears to claim that its own timing was deliberate and that its only intention for leaking the attack tools was to demonstrate that the Equation Group was hacked.

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.

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"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. The bad news is that the hacking collecting responsible for releasing the exploit upon which the WannaCry ransomware is based on is planning to release more Windows exploits and hacking tools to anyone willing to pay.

The so-called Shadow Brokers, who claimed responsibility for releasing NSA tools that spread the WannaCry ransomware through the NHS and across the world, says it has a new suite of tools and vulnerabilities in newer software. TheShadowBrokers is not being interested in stealing grandmothers' retirement money.

The group said it would shut down operations permanently providing a "responsible party is buying all lost data before it is being sold", a comment seemingly addressed towards the NSA. How do they expect their newly proposed "monthly subscription" plan work when the previous one fell flat on its face? "Is always being about theshadowbrokers vs theequationgroup", it added.

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The group goes on to skewer Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith, who on Sunday issued pointed criticism of the USA spy agencies for stockpiling vulnerabilities.