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Shadow Brokers boasts of more Windows exploits and cyberespionage data

Shadow Brokers boasts of more Windows exploits and cyberespionage data

"Shadow Brokers is feeling like being very responsible party about Windows dump", it claimed.

The hacking group that helped enable last week's global ransomware attack is threatening to make public even more computer vulnerabilities in the coming weeks - including "compromised network data" pertaining to the nuclear missile programmes of China, Iran, Russia and North Korea, as well as secret exploits affecting Windows 10, which is run by millions of computers around the world.

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

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The cybercriminal gang behind the WannaCry ransomware - Shadow Brokers - posed in a blog post that every month they will be releasing more and more of the data they stole.

The Shadow Brokers mentioned that the leaked data could contain web browser, router, handset exploits and tools, newer Ops Disks and exploits for Windows 10, compromised network data from Central banks and compromised network data from Russian, Chinese, Iranian, or North Korean nuclear and missile programs.

The Shadow Brokers first emerged previous year, claiming to have accessed sensitive information from "The Equation Group", a hacking unit with suspected links to the US National Security Agency (NSA).

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In April, the hacker collective known as the Shadow Brokers, released a trove of Windows exploits and hacking tools which they claimed to have stolen from the NSA's cyber stockpile.

The Shadow Brokers says it will offer the data as part of a monthly subscription service, which it will unveil next month.

The ShadowBrokers originally tried to auction off the NSA hacking tools, which they claimed were from a hacker group tied to the NSA, Equation Group. It adds, "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. 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. "Microsoft has been critical of the United States government over this stockpiling of vulnerability code, and said this was equivalent to the government losing it stock of 'Tomahawk missiles". They're planning to release more NSA hacking tools in June, offering access to them to anyone willing to pay.

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According to the Shadow Brokers, Microsoft proceeded to cancel February's Patch Tuesday so they could work on the patches the company delivered in March. It has not responded to repeated requests for comment about the ransomware attack. Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith said earlier this week the WannaCry attack used elements stolen from NSA cyber warfare operations.


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