18 May, 2017
The exploits that the Shadow Brokers are threatening to pass on include vulnerabilities of browsers, mobile devices and Windows 10, as well as information about compromised banks and Russian, Chinese, Iranian and North Korean nuclear missile programs.
The group is clearly emboldened by its success (if you want to call it that), after releasing numerous zero-day exploits acquired from the NSA's Equation Group, after they were left on a staging server. TheShadowBrokers is launching new monthly subscription model.
According to a statement posted on Steemit, the Shadow Brokers are putting together a service it likens to a wine of the month club, wherein every month members will receive a new batch of exploits. It also hinted that the blame for the WannaCry outbreak should go to Microsoft and the US government. Yesterday at TechCrunch Disrupt, former NSA head General Keith Alexander defended the hoarding practice in the name of public safety, using wishy-washy logic. Now the hacking group that released the NSA's hacking tool kit into the wild has announced plans to start an exploit subscription service in June. As the group wrote: "Each month peoples can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each 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.
The group provided no proof that it holds the data it claims, and it's possible that it is lying.
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In the wake of the massive global WannaCry ransomware attacks, worldwide governments and software vendors have begun playing the blame game.
The group's new claim that it possesses information on the nuclear programs of state governments is extremely worrisome, said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist for the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington think-tank.
Microsoft had previously patched the vulnerability, but many computers had not installed the updates and were left exposed.
WannaCry ransomware attack might have slowed down, but it has managed to infect over 300,000 computers globally, with many businesses and even hospitals losing access to precious data.
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 U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".