Shadow Brokers Teases More Windows Exploits and Cyberespionage Data


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 group initially released a set of hacking tools for routers and firewall products but claimed it had much more it was willing to sell for 10,000 bitcoins or more - around US$12 million.

Through blog postings, the group called the Shadow Brokers said they have hacked information concerning nuclear and missile programs connected with Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.

It said is has always been about "the shadowbrokers vs theequation group", and implied the NSA is a cohort of tech companies like Microsoft.

The Shadow Brokers, fresh off its enabling of the WannaCry ransomware, is teasing many more exploits, including some that might end in the nuclear-heat death of the human race. It also expressed plans to sell access to previously undisclosed vulnerabilities that could be utilised to attack the Windows 10, Microsoft Corp's latest software system.

What subscribers will do with these exploits and data will be up to them, the group said. The group is also promising that June will be the data dump month.

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In a post on their blog, the hackers announced that they would be launching a monthly data dump service, comparing it to a "wine of the month club" for hackers.

Starting in 2016, Shadow Brokers has been leaking hacking tools linked to the NSA online.

They said they can provide such information from the beginning of next month to anyone paying them a monthly membership fee.

The rogue hackers have promised more details on their content-monetization strategy in June.

On the other hand, instead of telling them to Microsoft to patch up those vulnerabilities, it could bring forth a tumultuous situation as far as online security is concerned. It condems them for not buying the exploits in the past and has given them another chance to purchase the entire stolen data dump before it starts to auction on the dark web, in parts.

It also caused a public statement from Microsoft attacking the United States government for stockpiling software exploits, arguing: "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".