WannaCrypt just the beginning as Shadow Brokers tease more NSA tools
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 20:56
The mysterious ShadowBrokers group, which leaked the stolen hacking tool used in last week's global cyber attacks, is threatening to release more such tools next month.
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.
They claim to own exploits for Windows 10, web browsers, network routers and also phones and even the SWIFT worldwide money transfer system.
In the same jibberish rant, it has also been mentioned that the hacker group is now planning to follow a monthly data dump cycle.
"ShadowBrokers are back" tweeted Matthieu Suiche, a French hacker and founder of the United Arab Emirates-based cyber security firm Comae Technologies, who has studied the Shadow Broker releases and believes the group has access to NSA files.
According to the hackers, data that will be leaked monthly through the new subscription service could include exploits for web browsers, routers, mobile devices, and Windows 10, as well as data extracted by the Equation during its cyberespionage operations.
Shadow Brokers claims to have about 75 per cent of the USA cyber-arsenal, says Sean Dillon, senior security analyst at RiskSense.
While the hackers behind the actual WannaCry attacks have not been identified, we do know that the malware itself was obtained from the Shadow Brokers, who stole it from the NSA. "That's why people need to pay attention".
The Shadow Brokers originally tried selling off the stolen tools in an auction, but backed down after receiving no bidders. 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. Yet it still caused problems on many thousands of unpatched systems. In August it asked for but failed to raise 1 million bitcoin (worth $568 million at the time) for the data.
The WannaCry ransomware never could have escalated as far as it did without the Shadow Brokers. 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 Shadow Brokers has previously attempted to raise funds from its range of hacked data. Now, it's considering a new subscription model in which it releases new hacking tools to subscribers every month.
The US government said it seized 50 terabytes of confidential data from Martin's home which was stolen from the NSA and other intelligence agencies.