Group linked to NSA spy leaks threatens sale of new tech secrets


On Tuesday, following the WannaCry attacks, the Shadow Brokers posted a new message online in which they claim to have many more Equation exploits that haven't been leaked yet. The group proposed a "monthly subscription model" for dumps, beginning in June - despite the fact that earlier plans to auction the vulnerabilities didn't pan out.

The so-called Shadow Brokers, who claimed responsibility for releasing NSA tools that spread the WannaCry ransomware through the NHS and across the world, says it has a new suite of tools and vulnerabilities in newer software. "What members doing with data after is up to members".

The group responsible for the release of the National Security Agency (NSA) code used in the WannaCry ransomware attack has said it will open a member's club for those wanting access to similar tools.

"TheShadowBrokers is taking pride in picking adversary equal to or better than selves, a worthy opponent".

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Shadow Brokers, the group that leaked parts of USA national security agency's (NSA) cyber weapons stockpile which formed the basis of the recent WannaCry ransomware, said it would release hacking tools every month to those willing to pay for it. It is not known who is behind the Shadow Brokers.Derek Manky, global security strategist at cyber security firm Fortinet, said he thinks WannaCry is probably the worst that will come from the Shadow Brokers' publicly dumped toolkit, though the group may have held back from public revealing everything it obtained "Out of that batch, it is probably a high-water mark", Manky said. While later reports have questioned how much of a role the Shadow Brokers actually had in the leak of the exploits, what is known without a doubt is that the exploits in their possession did indeed originate from the NSA, as confirmed by the Snowden documents.

Now, the same group is threatening to release even more hacking tools on the internet, which are part of a larger collection of exploits that they claim they stole previous year from another hacker group that is believed to have been affiliated with the NSA. Claiming that they have more such tools which can exploit vulnerabilities in newer operating systems, Shadow Brokers said that the tools would be released on a subscription-wise basis.

In her analysis of the Shadow Brokers' threat, independent security researcher Marcy Wheeler wrote that "simply by threatening another leak after leaking two sets of Microsoft exploits, Shadow Brokers will ratchet up the hostility between Microsoft and the government". The US government has not commented directly on the matter.

Shadow Brokers directly attacks Microsoft exec Brad Smith, whose name was on the company's statement, calling him a "scumbag" and questioning his company's links to the NSA.