Monday, 29 May, 2017

Shadow Brokers launches monthly subscription service offering nuclear, banking secrets

Via SB blog post Via SB blog post
Kayla Schwartz | 19 May, 2017, 19:53

In the blog post, Shadow Brokers mention that they're taking a stern approach towards fighting the cybersecurity practices across the globe - and they think leaking sensitive data is the best option to do so.

The Shadow Brokers are threatening to make public more of the exploits and tools that they have access to, thanks to the NSA hack.

"The ShadowBrokers is feeling like being very responsible party about Windows dump", Shadow Brokers wrote in the blog, in its usual freakish dialect. However, given the group's track record of leaking legitimate information that many believe to be sourced from the NSA, it is likely that at some point, this data will become public, one way or another.

The Shadow Brokers originally tried selling off the stolen tools in an auction, but backed down after receiving no bidders.

It also caused a public statement from Microsoft attacking the USA government for stockpiling software exploits, arguing: "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". "Heck, at this point, Shadow Brokers doesn't even need to have this exploit (though I'm guessing the NSA and Microsoft both may be erring on the side of caution at this point)", she wrote on her site. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and others confirmed the leak was authentic.

The group plans to sell more Equation exploits and cyberespionage data through a subscription-based service.

The Shadow Brokers was responsible for leaking EternalBlue, the Windows SMB exploit that was used by attackers in recent days to infect hundreds of thousands of computers around the world with the WannaCry ransomware program. More than 300,000 computers were infected by the WannaCry malware since Friday, locking down computers and robbing businesses and individuals of potentially important files.

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It remains unclear who is behind the Shadow Brokers or what their motive is.

It said is has always been about "the shadowbrokers vs theequation group", and implied the NSA is a cohort of tech companies like Microsoft. Microsoft has connected previous exploits of its products released by the mysterious Shadow Brokers group to tools which were stolen from NSA cyber warfare operations.

The group claims that a screenshot it posted in January alerted the Equation Group that it had access to the EternalBlue exploit, and that this was responsible for Microsoft missing a security update in February.

"TheEquationGroup is having spies inside Microsoft and other US technology companies".

"TheEquationGroup is having former employees working in high up security jobs at U.S. Technology companies".

This EternalBlue vulnerability was actually first discovered by the United States security agency NSA, but the agency's hacking arsenal was stolen by the Shadow Brokers, and now the hacker group responsible for this theft has written a blogpost.

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